ↂ OX4 ↂ
Rock-style drums and shimmery guitar lines show up to grace the Postmarks‘ take on Ride’s “OX4”
The Postmarks‘ version of ‘OX4‘, a carefree early ’90s-influenced pop-scape with dreamy sonic textures. Plaintive melodies entwine with driving drums, shimmery guitar lines and riffs doused in reverb. While a soaring harmonica, and sweeping synths enhance Tim Yehezkely ‘chanteuse-in-a-dream’ whispery vocals.
Luckily, the band treats each song on their album, with a great deal of care and sympathy. Wrapping them in warm clouds of reverb and gentle instrumentation, capturing the autumnal melancholic beauty of the melodies.
Their take on “OX4” strips away the epic nature of Ride’s original and gets to the core of the song’s intrinsic loneliness. Oddly enough, the song ends up sounding more like the Cure than the version of the Cure’s “Six Different Ways” the band attempts later.
If you’re not always singing along to these easy, indisputable classics, at least you’ll recognize them with pleasure.
What is more, the Postmarks’ own interpretations are an additional, luxuriating delight, resulting in a cycle of experimental indie pop which delves into the waters of shoegaze and sleepy-eyed, bedtime twee.
By the numbers, it is not.
RIYL: The Sundays, The Cranberries