Love is not always fun.
I don't know what it is about Recluse, the debut LP from British-born/California-based singer/songwriter Emily Gold that smacks of heartbreak. Maybe it's the line "I'll be your cyanide lollipop/sugar in your teeth," from the excellent single "Cyanide Lollipop" but bitter and sweet run hand in hand on this killer debut.
Gold is drawing upon a blueprint of '90s underground moody psychedelia - most pertinently My Bloody Valentine and Cocteau Twins - run through a blurry modern filter that will drive Beach House fans wild. The distant, dreamy, floating reverb seems to evoke a feeling of detachment, like your head is floating above your shoulders like Alice after too many toadstools.But this is not all glum and gloomy, however. Instead, this is the romantic distance of nostalgia and absence making the heart growing fonder.
Gold is an absolutely killer musician and songwriter, which are gloriously captured in glowing fidelity. Everything is mixed to perfection with the growling, pyroclastic flow guitars meeting Gold's high, delicate vocals.
Of all the underground, independent releases I've heard in the last six months, Emily Gold's Recluse has the highest potential of breakout success of any I've seen or heard.
Recluse does sound like things you've heard before but configured in a new and personal way. If you love MBV, Beach House, or personal, dreamy, romantic, gentle music, you're going to flip out for this exceptional debut!
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