Dracula - DEAD OCEANS
FILTER Grade: 70%
By Kurt Orzeck on September 20, 2011
When Nurses were born in 2004, they were a tight art-rock unit. Seven years later, they’ve become unrecognizable from their former selves—they’ve managed to become less focused over time. Following the coherent Hangin’ Nothin’ But Our Hands Down, the Portland group signed to Dead Oceans and cast out the decidedly un-poppy, amorphous Apples Acres. This time around, they said they went for a more rhythm-based approach. But don’t be misled, clubbers: Not one drop of Dracula is dance-friendly. In fact, it sounds just as disparate as the last Nurses effort—thanks, perhaps, to the record having multiple producers (all three bandmembers) and two mixers. Songs like “New Feelings” and “You Lookin’ Twice” consist of an array of noises that are out of sync with each other. All the while, singer Aaron Chapman spends Dracula sounding like he’s warming up for a duet with Ezra Koenig. Dracula: Dead and I’m not loving it.