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Dear Eloise

Castle

Year Released: 2012
Format: 7"
Label: Tenzenmen - Genjing - Maybe Mars - Share In Obstacles
 
Reviewed by Oli Saunders on Mar 18, 2012
Shaun from tenzenman forwarded me links to two new 7''s from Dear Eloise. I imagine them being kind of like a Chinese version of a band that might appear on Captured Tracks, but I know people into that label will disagree. The murky instruments set a nice approach; the vocals don't quite link in with the Captured Tracks feel but are good nonetheless. Sun has a really nice voice and to be honest it deosn't seem quite right existing over the top of the distortion and feedback, which albeit is fairly gentle, still perpetuates the music.

I'll concentrate on the Castle 7'' because the title track on it is definitely the best. Maybe because it is the most mellow - why do I enjoy sad music so much! A little bit of tweaking and I could be all over this band. The second song 'If It's Beautiful' sounds much less like how I have described the band so far. There's a constant droning guitar over the barely audible drums and Sun's vocals now have a dose of reverb. It's far more experimental but, for me, less enjoyable. Having said that, this band are well worth checking out if you are into lo-fi pop.

18th March 2012

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