How about some gruesome shoegaze for when the whole earth has been scorched and salted? Spectres' are buying, if you're interested, their new record Dying belting out a variety of dishevelled noise tactics all at the same time. Like hearing every Sunn O))) or Wold song at once, it bleeds from white noise into sonic catharsis without you realising.
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- SCR090LP / Smokey grey coloured vinyl gatefold LP on Sonic Cathedral
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A bit of world-bending shoegaze never hurt anybody, but Spectres are maybe hoping they'll knock you backwards anyway, mirroring the aggressive tactics of A Place To Bury Strangers, the skramz twang of the Men circa 'Leave Home', and of course My Bloody Valentine, because why not compare them to My Bloody Valentine? They sigh underneath distortion too, and I think we can all agree that's all you need. 'Dying' is a dour cacophony gone symphony with enough melodic ambition to stand tall as an accessible noise pop record -- though it may give into the twisted black holes of endless feedback, from time to time, it'll always come back and melt you with a lovely vocal line.
I like that: shoegaze tends to work best when the extreme noisemakers performing it are actually and accidentally total sweethearts. Spectres may burst onto the scene with "Where Flies Sleep", but the dissonant swirl they use then gets converted into "The Sky Of All Places", a song that's resolutely soft and kindly under all its guitar-abstracted bluster -- it's a song that's really based around sighs, vocal exchanges and a pretty chord sequence. Of course, there's plenty of fury to throw all that back in our faces -- "Mirror" is based around discordancy, with chords that are totally irrelevant to proceedings, like barbed wire around a secluded cottage -- but 'Dying' is better for the contradiction, perfectly navigating the ominous outreaches of noise rock and the romantic pining of shoegaze into a curiously addictive record.
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