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Issue #47 - September/October 2013 - MGMTBlouse

Imperium

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. (www.facebook.com/bblouse)

Author rating: 6.5/10

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