On July 9 Graveface Records will release Whirr‘s new mini LP Around. In anticipation of the release, the album is streaming in full a week before street date via Pitchfork Advance. The mini LP will be available on CD, vinyl and cassette and is available for pre-order at Graveface Records. Pitchfork also premiered “Swoon” from Around and said, “The throttle of high-density guitar swarm in the beginning of this Around cut eventually recedes to prove that it’s not all doom and gloom, as the tune slowly opens to reveal a brutally beautiful shoegaze-y figure.” Whirr just announced a U.S. tour in support of the release, including shows with Nothing.

With two albums to date, Bay Area six-piece Whirr has developed a reputation for dirgeful shoegaze, buttressed with textured layers or guitar and weighty, driving compositions. Spacious and moody, their 2012 LP Pipe Dream drew comparisons to heavyweights of the genre My Bloody Valentine, Ride and Slowdive. Pitchfork said, “The overall sound– patient, spacious, loud, colorful– is comparable to Swirlies, Velocity Girl, or some other small DIY American group you’d call “smeary” or “shoegaze” and attempt to link to Slowdive or My Bloody Valentine in the 1990s.”

Now, Whirr returns with Around, which finds the group restrained, but no less dark. Here, they explore longer songs, with their shortest clocking in at just under six minutes. Catchy melodies, traditionally a part of the band’s wheelhouse, give way here to a droning ambience, shifting Whirr slightly from their shoegaze core toward a dour post-rock sound. Vocalists Kristina Esfandiari and Loren Rivera keep their contributions misty and abstract, serving here as additional instruments more than messengers. But the thunderous drums and lavish guitar work remain – albeit in a colder, glassier form – making Around both a departure and a logical step forward from Whirr’s previous work.

Whirr Tour Dates

07.30 – San Diego, CA @ The Void
07.31 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Underground
08.01 – Midland, TX @ Pinebox
08.02 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
08.03 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
08.04 – New Orleans, LA @ Big Top
08.06 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
08.07 – Jacksonville, FL @ Atticus Bar
08.08 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
08.09 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor
08.10 – Philadelphia, PA @ AKA Records (free early show)
08.10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie (late show)
08.11 – Washington, DC @ DC9
08.13 – New York City, NY @ Saint Vitus
08.14 – New Haven, CT @ Lipgloss Crisis
08.15 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
08.16 – Montreal, QC @ Casa
08.17 – Toronto, ON @ Silver Dollar
08.18 – Cleveland, OH @ Weapons of Mass Creation
08.20 – Detroit, MI @ Garden Bowl
08.21 – Chicago, IL @ Quenchers
08.23 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
08.24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Shred Shed
08.26 – Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
08.27 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar

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