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Album Review

On their fourth full-length album, Devics don't stray far from their usual ethereal piano-plus-sampler, late-night vibe. Sara Lov again provides the majority of the vocals, her voice coming across as a restrained blend of Hope Sandoval, Mary Timony, and Kristin Hersh while offering up tales of love, lies, and loss. Lov's instrument is certainly lulling, but not that distinctive, especially within the confines of Dustin O'Halloran's shoegazer-like audio web. Too often, O'Halloran layers in the same cooing background hum, to the point where the album nearly devolves into an aural bout of coffee-table lethargy. With many of the songs rolling along at a slow drizzle, only the Mum-like "Secret Message to You," with its typewriter sound effect glitch, and the fractured "Just One Breath" really pick up steam. "Distant Radio," in theme and execution, travels a bit too far into Mojave 3 mimicry but lacks the bombast that put that group over the top. O'Halloran's deeper vocal contributions are a nice contrast, but can't match the subtlety or texture of influences like Leonard Cohen or Richard Hawley. Album closer "Come Up" is particularly pretty. Still, one gets the sense that this is an album recorded with white gloves, and the calculation behind the tunes is nearly tangible. With more variation, more separation in the mix, and a bit more conviction and passion overall, Push the Heart would be easier to recommend. As it stands, it's just a slightly-better-than-average indie chamber pop excursion.

Customer Reviews

The Walking Dead video game

Thank you for finally putting this album up here! I just happened to search for it and it’s finally up here. I must have looked back at least five times. I heard “Salty Seas” on The Walking Dead video game, and it was beautiful. I could have pirated it, but I like buying my music. 99 cents worth spending.

Beautiful!

I originally came from The Walking Dead Game and found Salty Seas. For a while, that was all I listened to, but I recently came back and found “Lie to Me” which is a WONDERFUL SONG! Would definitely recommend.

Salty Seas

This is my favorite track^

Biography

Formed: 1993 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Dustin O'Halloran (guitar/keyboards), Sara Lov (vocals), Ed Maxwell (bass), and Evan Schnabel (drums) comprise the dark, lush sounds of The Devics. Hailing from Los Angeles, The Devics arrived on the rock scene in the early 1990s with their own label, Splinter Records. In 1996, the band self-released their debut album, Buxom; two years later, If You Forget Me appeared. By the new millennium, The Devics derived an atmospheric, goth-like sound. The Ghost in the Girl EP showcased the band's music growth...
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