A CERTAIN SMILE - HUSHED

According to their Bandcamp, A Certain Smile have been in various forms of existence since 2004, relocating from Philadelphia to Portland in the process. Their sphere of influence veers wildly between twee, shoegaze, surf and 60s pop. So, if you'd like to hear The Lemonheads reborn as a C86 band on Creation in 1991, I direct you straight to A Certain Smile's new cassingle, Hold / Hush.

I've got no idea why it's taken them this long to put a physical release out into the world, but I'm thoroughly glad they did. Weary yet hopeful, distorted but not aggressive, they're managing to maintain their balancing act just fine.