AVERKIOU "Throwing Sparks"

$9.80

Barracuda Sound/Claire Records

The problem with "shoegaze" as a descriptor for these guys-other than the fact that saying it out loud is basically waving a wiener flag-is that the arms-crossed apathy it implies is the opposite of how I feel when I listen to them. They're like the atmospherics of Slowdive filtered through the enthusiasm of your younger cousin's first pop-punk band, and as a result the whole thing has a happy smoothness that makes it perfect ecstasy accompaniment for people who like music instead of techno.