One for all you fans of gothy ethereal 80's referencing music that in another world would have emerged on 4AD with a Vaughan Oliver sleeve. This is a duo from North Carolina who use the regulation drum machine, affected guitars, wobbly bass and octave leaping vocal delivery of the Cocteau Twins. Its a little bit more straightforward than the Cocteau's but uses all their tricks to make some really ecovative music. This is their first new record in 10 years following a successful re-issue of their overlooked at the time 2003 release 'Static Crash'
For fans of: Lush, Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, The Cure
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This latest album from Greensboro goths Ashrae Fax is a comeback of sorts really. Their 2003 debut 'Static Crash' was reissued on the Mexican Summer label last year to massive success, so here they are back with their first new material in over 10 years.
This duo, consisting of singer Renee Mendoza and guitarist/producer Alex Chesney, are clearly influenced by the early post-punk leanings of Cocteau Twins with a little dash of Siouxsie And The Banshees attitude. Singer Renee sounds extremely like Grace Jones to me and coupled with the chiming Guthrie-esque guitars and analogue drum machine it makes for a splendidly ethereal but soulful blend.
It is almost as if they have arrived in the wrong musical era and would fit very neatly with that whole early 4AD sound. Bits of The Cure and The Banshees rub shoulders with lesser known 4AD acts like Dif Juz (complete with smokey saxophone on 'Hurricanes In A Jar') and a soulful twist of The Blue Nile circa 'Hats'. Due to the recent shoegaze revival it's interesting to hear a lot of these lost bands that didn't quite fit in 10 or so years ago but now seem to have found their rightful place in the world Good on them I say!
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