Longwave found itself drowning in Strokes comparisons after its major-label debut, The Strangest Things. In reality, the disc perfected the art of Americanized Britpop, thanks to Steve Schlitz's moping-around-on-a-rainy-day vocal yearning and shimmering guitars etched with corrugated melodies. Moreover, last year's emotionally piercing EP Life of the Party, and a new track streaming on www.longwavetheband.com -- "River (Depot Song)," a spiraling epic somewhere between U2's grandiose statements and the Doves' sparkling layers -- demonstrate Longwave's commitment to expansive creativity.
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