If 80s new wave and synth pop were hastily buried underground after an accidental killing, only for the smell to be so strong that the neighbours quickly grew concerned, you’d be left with something similar to San Francisco dream poppers Rangers.
With drum machine rhythms ironically hidden underneath layers of indifferent eeriness, Ixtapan is the best example of how Rangers’ powerful melodies can be re-interpreted to create an unexpected calmness, gathering together melodies alongside echoing strums and fertile longevity. With focus and attention from the listener, the instrumentals offer a raw force of lo-fi nutrition, and sometimes waves of soothing drone.
Their patience matches drone-masters Mountains while their progressive retroness can be compared to experimentalists Working For A Nuclear Free City. The inability to deconstruct the music into its components is perhaps what you’d highlight most about the band, and what this offers is a cerebral effect verging on the psychedelic.
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Buy Rangers Suburban Tours LP via Old English Spelling Bee HERE
By: Hamish Gibson