Review by Christine Mlodzik
“Where Do You Want” is the latest album by Brilliant Beast. In a nutshell, the album is seven solid tracks of shoegaze with distortion, featuring two lead vocalists – a guy and a girl, brother and sister to be more exact, who each bring their own unique style and still create a very cohesive sound.
Brilliant Beast is Jordan Porter (vocals, guitar), Hannah Porter (vocals, guitar, violin), Mark Kartarik (bass) and Eric Whalen (drums).
“A Child On Fire” opens the album with Jordan on vocals. I was quickly struck by the infectious and unforgettable hooks. And while I enjoyed each of the tracks on the album, “Nepotism Shakes” is my favorite with its shimmery guitars in combination with Hannah’s vocals, where she sounds much like Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell. “Someone Else Did” closes the album with a hint of rock and a pretty sweet bass line.
The band lists My Bloody Valentine, Stone Roses, Sonic Youth, Pavement – even the The Buzzcocks and The Clash – as influences. I hear a little bit of Oasis in the mix as well.
“Where Do You Want” is simply a great record, but check it out for yourself and you’ll hear what I mean – it might just be the perfect addition to your music collection.
Brilliant Beast’s “Where Do You Want” is brilliant and anything but beastly.
Brilliant Beast’s release show for “Where Do You Want” is Friday, November 8, at Cause in Minneapolis, along with Crimes, Fury Things and Bad Bad Hats.