Painted Mirror – Inside Out – Audio

The US darkwave quartet Painted Mirror released their eponymous LP on the 3rd.

Painted Mirror

Painted Mirror

Draw the curtains closed, lay back, with only a flickering candle to play shadows across the room to best engage with the roughly twenty two minutes, six track, album (available on bandcamp).

The baffled soundscape delivered through the ethereal synths provides the backdrop to the dreamy spires of the music as padded sticks which sink luxuriously into the drum-skins give the compositions a darkly contemplative feeling that seeps into the marrow, whilst a dampened, yet ever persistent bass provides the depth of the compositions and delicately counterbalancing this shimmers a gently reverberating guitar with the deeply echoed vocal rounding out a sound that holds the listener in reflective silence.

The LP is a fine introduction to a band about a year in to existence and I am looking to hearing more of Painted Mirror very soon.

The third track, also (almost inevitably) the most uptempo, Inside Out is my pick of the release.

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Blaire Alise & The Bombshells – Rolleiflex – Video

The US rock’n’roll outfit Blaire Alise & The Bombshells were introduced back in 2013.

Blaire Alise & The Bombshells - Rolleiflex

Blaire Alise & The Bombshells

The latest LP to surface My Eye shows how far Blaire Alise & The Bombshells have developed in the past, getting on for, four years.

The second of the ten tracks on the album is the retro number Rolleiflex.

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Magicks – Love Ritual – Video

The US dreamwave outfit Magicks were initially introduced in 2014.

Magicks - Love Ritual

Magicks

From their latest EP Moon Rituals (available on bandcamp), the second of the four tracks Love Ritual.

A sense of tranquillity descends over the listeners, who find themselves drifting in serene silence through the ethereal gentle folds of the composition.

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SeepeopleS – Just Like The Animals – Audio

The US alt-rock project SeepeopleS releases the EP Hate on the 1st of April.

SeepeopleS

SeepeopleS

From the forthcoming release, the first track to surface is Just Like The Animals.

A track which has a retro feel and an analogue warmth that eases away the hassles of the day to day, despite the acerbic context of the song.

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Sarah Bethe Nelson – Evolution – Audio

The US alt-rock project Sarah Bethe Nelson released the LP Oh, Evolution towards the end of last month.

Sarah Bethe Nelson

Sarah Bethe Nelson

With the eight tracks on the album all approaching the ears from slightly different angles there is an ever present underlay of retro-lo-fi – as showcased in the second song on the release – Evolution – which provides the listener with a warming sense of summer.

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