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- Breathless by Mushy
9/10 Brian Staff review, 30 November 2012
After her recent collaboration with the enigma that is Thierry Muller and his reactivated Ruth project, this Roman beauty surfaces with her own new full length after languishing on the Italian underground for a decade, an album just as bursting with brittle, ethereal wonder and yearning elegance as you'd wish to crave for. She's very much like a lost 4AD artist, her songs spill with a dreamy mystique and early Cocteaus-style Gothic exotica. Apparently A.R. Kane pop up on one of the tracks so that may give you an indication of what to expect. The opener 'To Be Lost' is a stunner that sets the bar real high and from there on she manages to infuse her tracks with this natural timeless grace that many contemporary practitioners fail dismally to achieve. These are darkly melodic gems that ooze an exquisite melancholy.
Nothing sounds forced or predictable on 'Breathless' and her work appears more richly layered, classy and timeless than so much of the modern new-wave/minimal synth pop revival gear doing the rounds these days. Mushy's smoky tender torch songs unravel gently to curl around your mind like tendrils of aural mist, the key here is atmosphere but not the sort that is smothered over a vacuous shell of a tune to render it more inviting.
The all-too-brief ten tracks here effortlessly shine as beautifully crafted European pop masterpieces all on their own, there's no stylistic fluff or over-egged production techniques deployed here. Just marvellous shimmering seductive electronic pop songs that demand countless eager repeated plays. A late contender for one of my albums of the year for I've listened to this four times this last week and I'm still chomping at the bit for more. Lush.
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