ETERNAL SUMMERS play the Garrison Tuesday (August 7). See listing. Rating: NNNN
Virginia's Eternal Summers grew from a duo to a trio between their debut LP, Silver, and their new album, Correct Behavior, and the change has done them good. They're still bouncing between dark post-punk and sunny dream pop every other song, but that dichotomy is making more sense, and they actually rock out here and there, too.
It's almost as if they're deliberately offering up a buffet of hip, underground guitar-band trends from the past four decades. One song might bring to mind 90s UK shoegaze acts, the next bouncy Ramones pop-punk, and then it's onto the jangly new-wave of 80s college radio.
On paper, that gives the impression of a homemade compilation, but the production stays consistently sparse and minimal. Despite the eclectic influences, Correct Behavior is a remarkably cohesive listen.
Top track: You Kill