Mexican duo Mint Field have been working on their album Pasar De Las Luces (Passing Lights) for two years. In this time they have honed their dream pop-meets-shoegaze sound which also takes in Krautrock and Yo La Tengo influences along the way. Double vinyl LP, CD and cassette tape on Innovative Leisure.
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Here's something dark but soothing. All the way from Mexico this duo ignore the hot Mexican sun and instead sit in dark rooms and make spindly dream-pop that references all your favourite doomsters.
'Ojos En El Carro' for example slows early Cocteau Twins down to a blur. This woozy, dislocated music is filtered through lashings of reverb and their guitar effects pedals must be the size of Guadalajara. The drummer meanwhile seems content to sit and replicate Colm O'Coisog's drum patterns using two cocktail sticks. Sometimes the music is barely there - as if you are listening to Dead Can Dance rehearse in a nearby warehouse and it's hard to get a grip on actual melodies.
It's exotic and fascinating though. They are a bleak shoegaze band not from some bleak English backwater but from Mexico City. Not sure how their music sounds so frigid.
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