Once Twice Melody EP | Luminol | The Path of The Clouds

Ville Saarni
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Beach House - Once Twice Melody EP


For the friends of: 
Blonde Readhead, Slowdive, Mantaray
Genre: dream pop, neo psychedelia 
Year: 2021
Country: US
Favorite track(s): 'Once Twice Melody' and 'Superstar'
Emoji: 💫
Random words: sad happiness

'Beach House' can be described already as one of the big names in dream pop scene. They have been making music since 2004 releasing seven albums. I've known their presence for some years but really started to like them only after their latest album '7' in 2018. This EP continues with the same line having psychedelic soundscapes combined to dream pop and even some distant kraut rock vibes. The first two songs are nicely balancing between hope and despair. All in all the EP is a short but beautiful piece of music that all dream pop lovers should check out! 


 

Midwife - Luminol

 

For the friends of:  Beach House, Mogwai, Ghosts on TV
Genre: dream pop, slowcore
Year: 2021
Country: US
Favorite track(s): 'God Is a Cop', '2020' and 'Colorado'
Emoji: 😢
Random words: sleet

The latest release of 'Midwife' is slightly easier to approach compared to her previous works. The same spirit is still there, combining emo, noise, drone and pop melodies into melancholic songs build on repetition. The atmosphere is well built being same time cold but sometimes even warm. I like the simplicity of the arrangements. This gives nicely room for the atmosphere and the whole soundscape.


 

Marissa Nadler - The Path of The Clouds


For the friends of: 
First Aid Kit, Steve Gunn, Midwife
Genre: indie folk, singer-songwriter, americana
Year: 2021
Country: US
Favorite track(s): 'Bessie Did You Make It', 'Couldn't Have Done the Killing', 'Lemon Queen'
Emoji: 🐎
Random words: distance

'Marissa Nadler' has already released 9 albums previously. The 10th album continues with the same line, not taking any new bold moves. But when there are all pieces in the right places there's no need to create something very unexpected. But one new element there is still. The album has been made during the pandemic situation and all tracks are produced by herself. The album has a certain cosmic and magical vibe with some psychedelic soundscapes which are still pretty easy to approach. The overall atmosphere is melancholic and longing. Some of the arrangements remind also a bit from 'Danger Mouse's production or 'Melody's Echo Chamber' but just much sadder. 



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