by Ex Cops
Released: Jan 2012
Label: Other Music Recording Co.
Ex Cops' core duo of Brian Harding and Amalie Bruun stirs a rich pot of classic indie sounds on their promising debut album. True Hallucinations goes from a menacing post-punk strut on opener "S&HSXX" to the sort of jangly, upbeat, harmonized indie pop bands like Pains of Being Pure At Heart have helped revive (see "Ken," "James" and "Separator"). From there, they hang ten with breezy surf-pop nuggets "Spring Break (Birthday Song)" and "Billy Pressly"; saunter into Spiritualized territory with the half-dazed, sax-inflected "Jazz & Information"; and get predictably Velvet-y on "Nico Beast."