The Links embrace a dreamy psychedelic surrealness with the otherworldly “Made For Life”. Effortlessly blending together, a whole slew of genres from surf rock to dream pop with a penchant for shoegaze’s spaced out effects everything teems with life. Full of energy the way they let things work together recalls the myriad daze of Gem Jones with a hint more aggression. Guitar work chooses a gauzy disposition with just the right amount of taut angular intensity thrown in for good measure. By far the highlight of the collection comes from the front and center nature of the vocals that rise above the rest of the ebb and flow.
Rhythms go for the spacious for they veer between a driving approach and letting things loose. Their ability to play up both approaches feels doubly refreshing. Warm like a blanket the whole of the mix simply washes over the listener, for they draw from Galaxie 500’s oftentimes experimental edge. Like them, they also seem to have a degree of affection for their narratives. Highly thoughtful, they inspire comparisons to soaring into the sky dreamers like the Jacuzzi Boys, Harlem, and the lighter moments of King Krule.
Easily the highlight of the album appears on the swirl of the title track and opener “Made for Life”. Sly grooves anchor the whole work while they prove to have a highly sophisticated take on structure. Building the whole work up with a tremendous degree of care, they make sure every single emotional element is taken into consideration. Always a few minutes away from outright bursting into a million pieces, their descent into outright chaos is a joy when it finally hits. For the final stretch of the piece they completely let loose, letting the distortion and amplifiers completely take over in the best way possible.
“Shattered Dreams” turn the intensity down a bit. Here they have a bit of a playful spirit. The tropical take of the guitars gives it a rich, radiant hue. Vocals rise up into the heavens while they have a spirited energy to them. On the finale of “The Long Drive Home” a hint of bossa nova enters into the mix. A true palette cleanser the song has a gracious intimacy to it. Through stripping things down to the essentials, they show off their lighter touch.
Done with the greatest level of care, the Links craft a sound that defies easy categorization and cascades with a physical force of nature on “Made For Life”.
The single comes out on February 7th and the pre-save link can be found here: https://ffm.to/7y1qrxx.opr