Acetate Zero have previously been tagged as the french HOOD by the staff here at Norman's. New Long Player 'Hesitation blues' on Arbouse Recordings bares no relation to HOOD in my opinion but strenuous connections could be hinted at. The band are subtle in their approach and share a lot in common with the post rock groups of the late nineties early noughties as well as american indie pop giants like Pinback and Modest Mouse. Acoustic guitars and vocals are punctuated by shimmering lead guitar lines and backed by a reliable (and almost transparent) rhythm section. Songs rise to epic heights then come crashing down on themselves in a crescendo of reverberant feedback and sizzling cymbals leaving lonely acoustic guitars and lazy vocals to hold things together. I'm not particularly keen on the vocal contributions but musically 'Hesitation blues' pushes a few of the appropriate buttons. Occasional outbursts of horns and strings keep the mix varied and the recording brings out the best in the ideas, being both warm and inviting. Not bad yo!
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