“San Francisco’s Fine Points are the enticingly laid-back psych-pop side project of Sleepy Sun guitarists Matt Holliman and Evan Reiss. Eschewing the more fuzzed-out, Byrdsian elements of their primary band, Fine Points offer a pastoral, sun-warmed sound that rolls as easily as a drive up the Pacific Coast Highway. From the opening notes of their 2015 debut Hover, it’s clear that Holliman and Reiss are craftsmen with a keen pop sense and a flair for understated, clever guitar work. Cloaked in dreamy West Coast mystery, album-opener and lead single “Astral Season” features languid, minor-key surf tones overlaid with a wonderful, fog-cutting lead part and no small amount of ’60s-indebted Californian mysticism. Aided by a handy picked bassline, “Just Like That” follows suit, skirting around the obvious melodies as it melds reverb-washed jangle pop with some nice vocals and, at times, an almost Liverpudlian vibe that recalls the La’s or the Coral. Other highlights include the gently ambling “Amalia” and the thoughtful, easygoing “These Days.” At seven tracks, Hover is a fairly brief debut, clocking in at under 30 minutes, which might be a good thing as most of the songs live in the same kind of midtempo habitat that could wear out its welcome on a longer LP. As it is, though, Fine Points stick around just long enough to establish themselves as fine purveyors of low-key guitar pop with a short stack of solid songs and an exploratory streak that mixes neo-psych with shoegaze textures.
—Timothy Monger, Pop Editor at Rovi
“Fine Points, a band featuring members of the psych rock group Sleepy Sun, bring their guitars to the beach with Hovers, a sun-soaked and surf-tinged record. The opening three tracks are particularly great, tight and groovy, with a nice layer of fuzz found throughout. Opening track and first single, “Astral Season” softly fades in a hypnotic guitar riff, bringing the listener into the sonic space that Hovers exists in. Fine Points take the listener on a trip down the West coast, with heavy use of surf-beats in the drums, and trippy guitar riffs throughout. The closing track, “In Lavender,” is a nice ender, returning more so to their psych roots than the more surf rock-orientated songs of the first half of the record. This is a solid summer album, with beach-y vibes throughout.”
—Corey Henderson, Exclaim!
“Hazy psych pop that fans of Kevin Morby, Mikal Cronin, White Fence and Morgan Delt would probably dig.”
— Brooklyn Vegan