Thomas Levy is the creative mind behind the project Immaculate Stun and he recently released an EP entitled Weeks. The EP has five tracks that swim in reverb-laced guitars, steady bass lines and airy vocals that have shades of both surf rock and well as shoegaze. There are some solid ideas on this collection of songs. Unfortunately, the production holds back the songs from fully blooming. The songs are generally muddy and Levy’s vocals are so buried on a couple of the tracks that they seem like background effects.
Weeks starts out with one of the strongest tracks entitled “Surfin’ Santa Clause.” Levy implements a repetitive hypnotic guitar line as he delivers one of his best vocal performances. His voice lacks range but fits the mood of the music as he sings “Here comes Santa Clause / Coming down the chimney / Delivering surfboards to all the good girls and good boys.” “Plastic” is another solid song that adheres to a ton of reverb. The vocal line is infectious as he sings “ Plastic life, plastic friends / Stay with them till the plastic ends / Plastic sleep, plastic dreams /Are you with me when the plastic speaks.” He does say “plastic” an awful lot but it works.
“Beach Tree” has decent music but his vocals are barely audible during the chorus while “Post Tense” is a nostalgic number. “Hide From The Day” is good song but the vocals are painfully low in the mix and had me reaching for the EQ on my stereo just so I could hear a bit more of the high end.
Levy has some solid ideas on this EP and is a talented songwriter. I just hope he works with an engineer on his next effort so I can hear these songs at their full potential.
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