ECHO LADIES

Pink Noise 7/10

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Given their name, and a track called “Dark­lands”, there are lim­ited sur­prises on this Malmö trio’s suc­cinct de­but, ex­cept per­haps that two band­mem­bers are male. Fu­elled by gloomy gui­tars and re­verb-laden at­mo­spher­ics of the kind favoured when The Je­sus And Mary Chain’s sec­ond al­bum was re­leased, it’s also in­debted, es­pe­cially on “Al­most Happy”, to early Cocteau Twins, though it’s no­tably less ethe­real. “Over­rated” tosses in traces of Dis­in­te­gra­tion-era Cure, with Matilda Bo­gren’s dreamy vo­cals buried deep in a richly murky, shoegaze-friendly mix, while “Apart” leans to­wards the gothic and “Hard End­ing” adds a lit­tle New Or­der.

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