The first studio album from New York’s Whitewash is so steeped in hipster cred that of course they had to issue it on cassette tape. Despite that eye-roll inducing move (no one should put an album out on tape in 2015, I don’t care how retro you think you are), the band actually has a powerfully impressive sound to fall back on.
Shibboleth is a fantastic mix of atmospheric pop, jazz and psychedelic folk all crammed into nine tracks. The sound is wholly original, moving from breezy mellow moments like “Member” and “Dissociative Episode” to the moody electronic, sound samples of the album closer “Reprise.” The experience is so creative, you can almost forgive them for putting the album out on cassette (almost).
Whitewash – Shibboleth/10 tracks/Sad Cactus Records/2015