More and more bands such as the Los Angeles, CA-based trio known as Devics have been stretching pop
ock to its limits during the advent of the new millennium. With this effort, the group provides a glittering example of sorts -- where rock music continues to undergo an ongoing transformation -- regardless of commercial viability. In addition, Devics also utilizes the studio gizmos to great effect. They convey a rather humble approach via Dustin O'Halloran's subliminally placed EFX and combo, twang-oriented hard rock guitar stylizations. Yet, vocalist Sara Lov's ability to gently caress a lyric or two provides the soft and somewhat dreamy aspects of this fine release. The group's rather enigmatic approach is vividly caught here as they meld elements of early-'70s Pink Floyd with wistful themes and a strangely appealing methodology consisting of memorably melodic hooks and surreal balladry. And while the limiting factors of commercial radio signify the antithesis of artistic invention, this lot should find expansive airplay throughout the college radio circuit. Hence, Devics is a band that melds a sense of conventionalism with a truly novel approach! Recommended.