by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Boy Friend - Egyptian Wrinkle (MP3)
Christa Palazzolo and Sarah Brown left Austin band "Sleep 8 Over" in late 2010, but continued working together as Boy Friend. They released a single, "Lovedropper," last year and their debut album, Egyptian Wrinkle, will be out March 5 on Italian indie label Hell Yes! (That's their exclamation point, not mine.)
Like what they did in "Sleep 8 Over", the sounds Palazzolo and Brown make as Boy Friend are warm and hazy with their ethereal vocals floating above, but with more melodic hooks to latch onto. It's like a nice bath, but no pruny hands. There are a lot of comparisons to the Cocteau Twins going around but I don't think that's exactly apt. The vocal stylings are similar but nowhere near as otherworldly as Liz Frasier, and from what I can tell, there are no guitars on the album. There is, however, a definite '80s 4AD vibe nonetheless. I like the album a lot. You can download the album's title track at the top of this post or stream it below. Spotify users can listen to the whole album right now.
Boy Friend are soon hitting the road with San Francisco shoegazers Young Prisms, a tour we wrote about a couple weeks ago that hits Glasslands on March 5. For those readers in Austin, Boy Friend band are throwing an early record release party this tonight (Sunday, 2/12) 29th St. Ballroom at the Spider House, a show that also features Hell Yes! labelmates Love Inks, plus darkwavers Missions.
Click through for all Young Prisms/Boy Friend tour dates, as well as a streaming version of "Egyptian Wrinkle."
Young Prisms/Boy Friend - 2012 Tour Dates
Thurs March 1st || 7th Street Entry || Minneapolis, MN
Sat March 3rd || Cafe Bourbon Street || Columbus, OH
Sun March 4th || DC9 || Washington, DC
Mon March 5th || Glasslands || Brooklyn, NY
Tues March 6th || Kung Fu Necktie || Philadelphia, PA
Wed March 7th || Great Scott || Allston, MA
Thurs March 8th || The Red Door || Portsmouth, NH
Fri March 9th || Le Cagebi || Montreal, QC
Sat March 10th || Drake Hotel || Toronto, ON
Sun March 11th || Paperhouse || Detroit, MI
Mon March 12th || Cosmic Charlie's || Lexington, KY