The bulk of the early press for the new trio Bored Spies has keyed on biographical talking points. The members are rooted in Arizona, Singapore and South Korea; the band features former North Carolina resident and Bitch Magnet/Seam member Sooyoung Park; indie rock standby Brad Wood produced their debut single. But it's the two songs on that 7" that deserve the most notice. Lacing slowcore drift with guitars swiped from power pop and slowed way down, these twin tunes are yearning and enveloping, their dramatic guitars drawing straight arrows into the mouths of the melodies. Baltimore opener Golden Gurls toughens up the memory of Versus with thicker guitars and heavier rhythms subsidizing charm with brawn.
&mdash Grayson Currin