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Zeus, Busting Visions [Arts & Crafts]

Lately it seems so many young bands are carrying a torch for ’70s rock and power pop that it’s refreshing to come across one that can deliver the goods, and convincingly.
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Lately it seems so many young bands are carrying a torch for ’70s rock and power pop that it’s refreshing to come across one that can deliver the goods, and convincingly. From a sonic standpoint, Toronto’s Zeus hovers somewhere on the outer edges of Small Faces, Free, T. Rex, and John Lennon’s Imagine era. Bassist and co-producer Carlin Nicholson sounds positively Klaus Voormann-esque, rolled-back tone and all, on “Love/Pain” and “Love in a Game,” and he’s melodically adventurous, Ronnie Lanestyle, on the raucous opener “Are You Gonna Waste My Time?” It’s all very infectious and nostalgic (if you were a tie-dye child), to the point where an impeccably crafted three-minute pop song like “Now That I Got You”—complete with muted P-Bass and drums, layered vocals, slapback echo, and more modal changes than “Bohemian Rhapsody”—might send you straight for your old bell-bottoms.

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