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Catch the Buzz: Pacific UV

Portland, Oregon-based dream poppers fill the room with gigantic post-rock bliss.

Who? Athens, Georgia transplants and shoegaze journeymen Pacific UV write Sigur Ros-sized symphonic movements that build and swirl with elegant serenity. As the soundtrack to a moon landing, the reference posts — from Ride to Spiritualized — are secure for the group’s interstellar sound, as the atmosphere is thicker, the guitars more towering and the catharis more rewarding than seems likely on Planet Earth. Ethereal and tender at times, channeling the sonic equivalent of nostalgia, Pacific UV can also kick it up a notch and unleash buzzsaw guitars that hold a candle to My Bloody Valentine’s tone, as they do on “Need,” available for download below.

Their latest: After their eponymous debut in 2002 (originally titled Longplay 1), the group returns all these years later with Longplay 2, out now via WARM Records.

Recommended if you like… Sigur Ros, Explosions in the Sky, A Place to Bury Strangers

Now Hear This: Pacific UV, “Need”(DOWNLOAD MP3)

Attention Bands! Pacific UV was selected for our Buzzcatcher section via the band’s electronic press kit, which was submitted to SPIN.com via Sonicbids, a website aiding up-and-coming bands. To be considered for a Buzzcatcher spotlight, sign up at sonicbids.com and submit your music today!