Transcendental Heatwave by The Cush
Transcendental Heatwave by The Cush

The Texan husband and wife duo of Burette and Gabrielle Douglas, better known as The Cush, have returned with their 4th LP, Transcendental Heatwave, an album that delves into a plethora of genres without committing to one yet manages to remain utterly cohesive.

Opening track “Heavy Psych” is a lush and fuzzy Shoegaze number rich with transitions and vocals that float gently above it all before moving into “One Shot Love”, a song more akin to sludgy, alternative Garage rock than Shoegaze, yet the change feels natural and works.

Photo: David Roby
Photo: David Roby

The entire album is an enigma in that the music never fully revisits the sound of the track before it.  It instead continuously morphs into something new without completely shedding The Cush identity.  “Phantom Girl” has a decidedly Indie rock vibe whereas the auto-drum beat on “Highway brain” lends it an electronic feel.

The album ends with one of my favourite tracks “Distant Lights”, sounding like a down-tempo trip through an echo chamber ripe with luxurious reverb twang interlaced which screeching electric guitar that earns the band’s tagline of Texan Space Rock.

Transcendental Heatwave is available on iTunes HERE.

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Dave MacIntyre