Pulse Park is a band that formed in early 2020. I don’t know much about them but their formation is certainly interesting. They explain: “four men first met some time ago on an arctic expedition in Qikiqtaaluk, Nunavut/Canada, and started learning their instruments during the long polar nights. These were ukuleles that they traded dry fruits for with the Inuit. After the successful introduction of a breeding program for bowhead whales the band decided to sing about this very rare and intense experience. Songs about the cold, the dark, cod-liver oil and not to forget the dinky white arctic hares.”
I have to admit their sound on their self-titled debut eponymous album Pulse Park was not what I had envisioned. There are no ukuleles from what I heard and their music mixes elements of alternative and shoegaze. On that note I found the three songs to be well written and executed.
The band starts with “Aspairt” and there are multiple guitars, a steady bass and a driving drum beat. I liked the energy right off the bat and found the vocals treated in somewhat of a shoegaze fashion. They were audible but low in the mix. I don’t get any surprises from the song but it was really well executed.
The band had more success with “Apollonian Heart” and I loved the groove. It drives but it is buoyant, melodic and very infectious. The band weaves out of the song dynamically. Similar to the previous songs I had a sense of where the song was going but I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. Last up is “The Equidistance'' and another one for the win column. The band utilizes a similar aesthetic. This song had a shoegaze infused breakdown which lead to an Interpol type of rock riff.
The three songs weren’t reinventing the wheel. They sound like seasoned musicians and quickly formed a signature sound with this EP. I hope this is just the beginning for them.
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