I don’t know why I hadn’t heard of Beauts before. I mean, they’ve been around since 2015. Maybe it just took a while for the Halifax five-piece’s delightful indie rock to reach my ears here in Toronto.
Well, their second EP, Waves/Wash, was certainly worth the wait.
Released in June, the record opens with “Covers” and, immediately, you’re in love with the band’s grainy guitars, driving drums and synth keys. But the most enticing part of the song is the chanting chorus, sure to have you singing along.
“Ether” follows, with softer, loftier vocals and near-sweet harmonies. The melodies are bassier than you’d expect, lending to a vast depth that’s filled come the chorus. The simple “Clocked” is next, with surfy undertones and layers of reverb-heavy guitars. The vocals have an almost shouty appeal, making them absolutely inviting for singing along.
Finally, the title track rounds off the album. It’s indie-pop, right off the bat, and plays well with tempo and pauses, lending itself to a hurried feeling. But distorted guitars give this track a bit more of an edge.