Are there enough dreamgaze bands with warped vocals to guide you through an everlasting half-sleep? Quoting Estonian reverb-junkies Holy Motors: never! Their debut album Slow Sundown is packed with dizzying guitars and gentle infinite soundscapes. It features their three singles, which have been zooming across the hip and first-to-know blogs for the past months.
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Opening with what is basically another re-write of Chris Isaak's 'Wicked Game', it immediately becomes apparent that 'Slow Sundown' is a woozy blend between gentle shoegaze textures and the sort of twangy desert atmospheres previously dreamt up by the likes of Paula Frazer's Tarnation.
What Holy Motors do well is to create a kind of dreamy heat-hazed soundscape to rest their twangy guitars and for singer Eliann Tulve to dreamily whisper across. It has the effect of sending me drifting off into a not unpleasant snooze. It's harder to figure out how the band stay awake when performing. They occasionally drift out of their slumbers particularly on 'Signs' which injects some electro-pop and a bit of energy into proceedings and their sound is always lovely. Perhaps if there was a bed in the office I could drift away quite happily.
With yet another Beach House record due shortly it's hard to wager how many of these kind of records we actually need. Holy Motors make pleasant sounds for half an hour then they go away. I've sort of forgotten them already but it was nice while they were here.
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