The Specific Heats are something of a hidden treasure. They’ve picked up a core of followers from successive summers crossing the Atlantic to thrill the crowds at Indietracks and associated warm up shows.
After playing ‘Cursed’ all the way through it is clear to me that the Specific Heats are one of those bands that has somehow fallen into the indiepop world. And the indiepop world is a better place for them falling through the cracks. There isn’t much that I’d actively call indiepop on show here – but that doesn’t stop the record being an absolute belter. As ‘Cursed’ whirls and spins the sounds coming out of the stereo is all swirling psychedelia meets 60s R&B goodness with a dash of surf guitar thrown in for good measure. Not that I am complaining as this kinda fuzzed 60s pop is hitting all my sweet spots this week. And I reckon it’ll be settling near the top of the pile come years end, too. A splendid little record from a rather fab band. Cursed? Nah, Blessed, is closer to the truth.