A fresh wave of dreampop from sunny Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, The Luminous Veil is a new EP from the contrastingly titled The Arctic Flow. Essentially a bedroom solo record it’s infused with that muffled reverb aesthetic redolent in the sounds of The Radio Dept. Out on 10" EP + CD from Oscarson, including a handmade lyric booklet.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 16 December 2015Mmmm what a lovely package.
On gorgeous thick glossy card and a bonus CD that seems to be a long thing wrapped in bubble wrap, much effort has gone into making this look good. Musically I can pretty much sum this up by saying the words ‘early Field Mice’. It has that autumnal regret in full effect with primitive drum machines, reverby guitar strums and hushed, disappointed vocals. It’s as wet as a sloppy fish in the sea off Flamborough Head but re-creates that C86 sound pretty nicely. The band I’m most reminded off is the Apple Moths. I have no scientific proof of this but I do wonder sometimes if I am their biggest fan. They were an indie pop lot from Bradford who released one single and a few compilation tracks at the turn of the ’90’s and I wouldn’t mention them otherwise apart from this sounds exactly like them. This band perfectly recreate late ’80’s Sarah-ish wimpy indie and it’s all rather lovely.
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