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With The MirageChasms find themselves entrapped in the world of dub. On this, their second album for Felte, the pair process change and sorrow by slowing things down and turning the reverb way up. The use of space is powerfully evocative, giving us a direct line to the frame of mind The Mirage was created in. 

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The Mirage by Chasms
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7/10 Clinton 20 February 2019

Chasms are the LA duo of Shannon Madden and the incredibly named Jess Labrador and The Mirage is a tail (sorry) of them dubbing out the darkwave sound they barked out on 2016s On The Legs of Love Purified. Here, they sound kind of like a cross between Lush and King Tubby particularly on drifting opener Shadow where shards of guitar are laden deep in effects whilst the drum machine is put through a space echo. It's a very effective sound but trying to get them to create something as impressive can be a struggle at times. The vocals on tracks like Deep Love Deep Pain, absolutely save the track just as you are wondering if there's anything to their sound palette other than spangly guitars and a dubbed out drum machine.   

There are similarities to fellow miserable and atmospheric West Coast people Tropic of Cancer and of course the ghosts of 80s 4AD haunt throughout. There are moments where this could be absolutely brilliant, Gratuitously Cruel sounds like it could be something off Slowdive's 'Pygmalion' with added darkwave synths. It's slowly progressing nature perfect for one of those evenings when the rain beats down on the windowpane. Its gothy textures are hugely atmospheric, it just lacks some kind of beauty and variation.     




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