Echo Ladies

Mojo (UK) - - Filter Albums - Kieron Tyler

★★★★ Pink Noise SONIC CATHE­DRAL. CD/DL/LP Pop smarts to the fore on Swedish trio’s de­but al­bum.

Pink Noise’s in­flu­ences are ob­vi­ous. Low-Life-era New Or­der, Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valen­tine quickly sur­face – one track is knowingly ti­tled Dark­lands. In­stead of being a grab-bag, the first al­bum from Swedish trio Echo Ladies is ev­i­dence for a co­her­ent vi­sion. At its core, this is pop mu­sic of a rare as­sur­ance. Hummable tune af­ter tune rat­tles from the speak­ers over a full-blooded 27 min­utes. Al­most Happy is a soar­ing drama with wa­ter­fall gui­tar and Hooky-es­que bass. Apart is as much an au­ral swoon as the best of lost Cre­pus­cule Records stars An­tena. Over­rated is the synaes­thetic coun­ter­part of daylight fil­tered through a stained­glass win­dow. Ku­dos, too, for the band and pro­ducer Joakim Lind­berg’s flaw­less bal­ance of sharp-edged sonic at­tack and misty, dif­fuse vo­cals. Swe­den’s most strik­ing ex­port since I Break Horses.

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