The US darkwave quartet Painted Mirror released their eponymous LP on the 3rd.
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.
The US alt-rock project Sarah Bethe Nelson released the LP Oh, Evolution towards the end of last month.
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.