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Boomkat really know how to big up their own releases in a way we don't . Their description of this, the second album from the Mistys uses all the phrases we're growing to know and love of late...'tape worn' for example. Certainly saccharine shoegaze/dreampop album recorded to a salvaged D90 tape that's about to disintegrate will catch a few listeners. We'll bat back with gothic dream pop somewhere between Mum and Grouper's Helen project. Recorded onto tape on my dad's old music centre. 

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Pregnant Mannequin by The Mistys
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 14 November 2018

This is the second album from this duo consisting of the Boats/Tape Loop Orchestra’s Andrew Davies and singer Beth Roberts and like their debut consists of swirling tape-drenched synth/dream pop compositions topped off by Roberts distinct vocals  - helium high and reminiscent of Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir of Mum. The opening 'Bite Marks' is a rather lovely thing, and maybe the most songy thing here, the clear nature of Roberts vocals ensures that there is an emotional catch to the track which is missing somewhat in their other work....   

...because elsewhere they are lost in murk. I'll spare you the debate I've just had with Ant about how, with ever more technology at our fingertips, so many artist want to sound like they've recorded onto a tape machine in 1983 but with the latest Low album using similar techniques we're going to be hearing a lot more of it. Pregnant Mannequin sounds like music coming out of a thick fog  - in that regard it's a very effective atmospheric thing. It's best on catchy tracks such as 'Womb' with a surefire string melody that even a milkman in a sea fret could whistle, at other times it appears they are lost as melodies wander this way and that. I have to hand it to them they have a nice sound going on here  - as squashed and saturated as you like.

Strangely it reminds me of Zola Jesus's 'Stridulum' with foghorn replaced by bicycle horn. I could have done with some more sonic variation but at it's best it sort of sounds like a soundtrack to sodium lamplight on a november walk through Heaton Park. 



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