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1 review »This one here is a four-song 7" by Massachussetts indie-poppers I Do Not Love, and it's a breathy and earnest affair with lovely chiming guitars and deep vocals and lots of reverb all over everything, kind of floating around somewhere between Real Estate and The Smiths and the Cocteau Twins and Interpol, but there's something weirdly indistinct about it because of all the reverb and '80s-style cho ... »

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IDNL. by I Do Not Love
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7/10 Mike Staff review, 07 March 2014

This one here is a four-song 7" by Massachussetts indie-poppers I Do Not Love, and it's a breathy and earnest affair with lovely chiming guitars and deep vocals and lots of reverb all over everything, kind of floating around somewhere between Real Estate and The Smiths and the Cocteau Twins and Interpol, but there's something weirdly indistinct about it because of all the reverb and '80s-style chorus. It's sort of like you listened to all of those bands and then had a dream about a band that sounded like all of them and then tried to make bedroom versions of the songs you heard in your dream.

It's got quite a ghostly, thin aesthetic, notably using a rinky-dink drum machine instead of a live drummer, propping up crystalline wisps of guitar with the bass sometimes absent and sometimes high in the trebles, Hooky-style. What it all adds up to is a strangely primitive interpretation of '80s new romanticism, but with a blurred neon modernity to it as well. Not a bad EP.


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