Here’s a jump in recording quality to get pumped about – Lera Rae’s first offering, “Dreamer,” boasted an enjoyable driving melody buried under some rough production, but that lo-fi feel could sometimes turn the song into a bumpy listen. Sophomore song “After The Beach Trip” still features a few muddled touches – looking at you, way the vocals were recorded – but from the opening tin-can percussion, Lera Rae makes it clear this musical project won’t be stuck in the basement forever. More so than the drums, it’s the first few guitar plucks on “After The Beach Trip” that indicates a change in direction for Lera Rae. The guitar sounds clear, as if it’s being played in the same room as you, instead of under a pile of broken amps. From there, it’s lovely dreampop that shows a lot of promise for the young outfit. Listen below.
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