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Issue #47 - September/October 2013 - MGMTBlouse


Captured Tracks

Oct 16, 2013 Blouse Bookmark and Share

This Portland trio improves upon their somewhat humdrum first outing by doing what many synthpop acts might consider the unthinkable: they tossed out their synthesizers entirely. It’s a drastic turn, but by some odd chance it seems to have worked. Singer Charlie Hilton’s voice is no longer competing with wishy-washy synth noise, sounding altogether better paired with distorted guitars, dominant bass lines, and a living, breathing drummer. Its simplicity and steady rhythms hark back to post-punk classics; Blouse owe more to Young Marble Giants this time than Human League. Stripped down to the basics, this band sounds more liberated than ever. (

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