The washed out sleeve perfectly visualises the music of British Columbia native Crystal Dorval (aka White Poppy). She uses synth, guitar and voice to craft yarning and weathered music that sits between dream pop and hazy ambience. This latest missive is described as hazy new age bossa nova which sounds an enticing prospect and if you are tempted, this comes on transparent pink galaxy swirl wax. 

Vinyl LP £17.49 NNF359

Pink / transparent 'Galaxy Swirl' vinyl LP on Not Not Fun. Comes in a reverse board sleeve with insert.

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Paradise Gardens by White Poppy
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7/10 Tommy WM 27 April 2020

White Poppy’s latest album ‘Paradise Gardens’ is all about the atmosphere. It’s music for heavy eyes, inviting turf, or infinite wanders. The luxurious haze which coats it leaves an impression of reminiscing of days gone by and the music which soundtracked them. ‘Paradise Gardens’ drifts away in dreamlike states like it’s falling asleep in the sun, often sounding like pretty, droning guitar pop than say, the upfront gazings of parallel genre bearers like My Bloody Valentine or Slowdive. The tones and songwriting troupes are often familiar, but that doesn’t stop it from being a pleasant or highly evocative listen.

Crystal Dorval, the figure behind White Poppy, states ‘Paradise Gardens’ was imagined as a “new age shoegaze bossa nova” project. She’s sure achieved that sound alright, with steady yet galloping rhythms underpinning ambient guitar-scapes and ghostly vocals. Dorval shines when she’s mastering dubby and psychedelic numbers, like in ‘Rainbow’ with its drifting hypnagogic sound or the mild staccato stabs and melodic chimes of ‘Phoenix’. There’s all sorts of influences on show, many taking form in individual tracks and not appearing in others. ‘Sedation Song’ sounds like listening to Broadcast or Candy Claws from behind thin walls, ‘Memories’ and ‘Silence’ have the lyrical bounce and cloudy twee of The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Velvet Underground, the drum machines and wistful melodies of ‘Broken’ evoque the Cocteau Twins, whilst ‘Hawk’ channels Grouper’s gloom-gaze.

‘Paradise Gardens’ is impressive as a one-person project, achieving more memorable and varied sounds than many of the fully formed groups of the dream pop genre. It’s pretty impossible to create something completely novel within the sub-genre, but careful homages and pairings of production and composition designs make White Poppy’s latest a record for the daydreamers and shoegazers to check out.


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