Review – Western Jaguar

EP: Memorial
Release date: July 28, 2017
Genre: Indie-Rock

BC-based indie group Western Jaguar wows with their newest release, Memorial. Drawing from a heavy post-rock influence, Western Jaguar’s sound is drenched in guitar, percussion, and hard-hitting drumbeats.

Opening track “Banquet Hall Love Story” is a melancholic, lyric-oriented crooner that will satisfy fans of Mogwai and 65daysofstatic. Saturated in their post-rock influence, Western Jaguar hits all the right notes with their guitar riffs and soaring climax, bringing the definition of “atmospheric” to the next level.

Late-track “Violet Sweatshirt” hits heavier and grittier, its slow, husky lead vocals giving way to a head-banging clash of instrumentals. Masterfully crafted, uniquely composed, and lovingly arranged, “Violet Sweatshirt” blooms into a rock track with distinctly grunge roots, bringing a whole new flavor to the EP.

Daring, stark, and grippingly put together, Memorial is a punchy EP that’s sure to steal hearts this summer.

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My name is Emma Sloan, and I am a Victoria-based freelance journalist. I have been a contributing writer for North Vancouver’s Community Report, The Martlet, and the Greater Placemaking Network of Victoria, and that list is being added to every day. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for writing updates and news.

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