The work of Nashville fuzz-pop peddlers Waterfall Wash is mischievous and complex, a mass of vivid rhythms coupled with soaring melodies that cling to you for days. Bringing together warbling synths, shimmering guitar-pop arrangements and a bit of indie rock muscle, they fashion a catchy and euphoric noise which quickly embeds itself throughout the synapses of your nervous system.
Built around the combined creativities of singer-guitarist Michael Roddy, bassist Marshall Dunn, keyboardist Ellice Evins and drummer Chris Hauser, the music can be loose and ramshackle while still possessing a powerful undercurrent of resonant emotional volatility. Veering between buzzy synth-pop, garage pop and something with a bit more of a Southern edge, the band navigates these effervescent and roiling waters with an unparalleled skill.
On recent single, “Colors,” they blend elements of shoegaze and space pop in a way that highlights the ecstatic and unpredictable natures of each. The guitars shake and flicker while the drums bound along without restraint. Evins perfectly frames her keys within this hurried landscape, opting for subtle embellishments that feel absolutely necessary. The bass feels weighted, building a considerable momentum as the song progresses from wide-eyed kaleidoscopics to a more subdued construction.
In the accompanying video, directed by SavvyFilm, lead singer Michael Roddy is tormented by various masked individuals while running through forested areas and down empty roads. The other members of the band make appearances as well, performing in these same deserted countrysides and paved expanses. The menacing vibe is further enhanced by the fact that the band doesn’t even seem to notice him as he attempts his escape. The visuals are a perfect complement to the swirling sounds the band plies from their instruments.