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  • Summary: This is the four-track EP from the San Francisco Bay Area shoegaze group led by Deafheaven guitarist Nick Bassett.
  • Record Label: Graveface Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Dream Pop, Shoegaze
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  1. Aug 16, 2013
    80
    Whirr crafts their own mold out of their influences, and, with an effort that feels grand and mesmerizing as it does dreary and bleak, Around hits the nail on the head and all those long lost sentiments of not having a shoegaze band to get behind seem to dissipate.
  2. Jul 30, 2013
    80
    Held back only by its dense and at times hauntingly claustrophobic soundscapes, Around is a recording whose ethereal qualities bring out the best in this consistently resurgent genre.
  3. Jul 30, 2013
    70
    While Whirr never quite nail the Ride drum sound, MBV wooziness, or arid Slowdive mystery that they're going for on these tracks, the results are still strong, weaving a deeply textural sound that drifts along like a lazy canoe ride on the hottest day of the year.
  4. 70
    Whirr's clearly moving to the beat of their own drum, rotating in new vocalists (who, at least, largely tend to sound similar) and opting for more dissonant and graying atmospheres. It feels like a losing compromise, but they're more than merely competent players at it for now-just strap in and make the most of the ride.
  5. Jul 30, 2013
    70
    These are songs worth letting your guard down for. [Aug 2013, p.94]
  6. Jul 30, 2013
    62
    On Around, Whirr don’t elevate themselves beyond the level of a listener; instead, they remain supplicant to their influences.
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