“1994,” the lead track from International Waters’ summer-due debut album, finds the band taking a detour from their athletic guitar-pop. Instead, the song opens with Broadcast synthesizers before launching into a reverb-lined pop paradise, all split-toned vocals and cymbal crashes as gentle as a lover’s touch. It takes a few spins to absorb the production, but the Austin band’s melodies waste no time signing a month-to-month lease on your short-term memory. So, a fine new direction and a welcome preview of a long-awaited release. More to come, I’m sure.
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