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Currently trying to get my noggin round this Fenster album 'The Pink Caves'. A dreamy concoction of feather-light indiepop psychedelia and breathy boy-girl vocals, it meanders along with a soft-shuffling ghostly warmth full of detached melodies densely layered into glassy-eyed soma bubbles or awkwardly penetrating a musty silence. Sometimes it's quite sweeping and epic and Frightened Rabbit-ish like on 'Hit & Run', but I'm enjoying the weird understated bits better, where wisps of soul and easy listening wash around their spookily understated pop aesthetic.
'1982' is a definite highlight, taking the woozy falsetto psych-soul of Connan Mockasin's latest slow-burning (and opinion-dividing) effort, adding a sprinkle of Knopfler guitar to conjure up some kind of hesitant bedroom anthem. 'Sunday Owls' also uses the synths well, but the girl is singing in this one and it's all dreamy and Cocteau Twinsish, and there's some cool backwards chirrupping noises in the hypno-plod swamp of 'Cat Emperor'.
I quite like how the songs keep mixing things up texturally. It gets a bit wishy-washy in places but there are enough moments of potent atmospherics and sly pop nous to make up for that. Overall quite likeable hushed pop.
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