Verses Of Comfort Assurance And Salvation
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But apparently this Brooklyn trio was worth waiting for, if their debut EP, "Verses of Comfort, Assurance & Salvation" is anything to go by. These girls spin delicate melodies of retro beats and dreamy synth, and the result is thoroughly endearing -- it almost makes you feel comforted and assured.
It opens with a sleepy, summery little melody. "Baby tell me please/Is this a dream/Spending the night with you/Beneath the cherry trees?" they croon softly over the smooth synth music, which twitters and floats off as they sing about flowery moons and kisses in the bedroom.
They use harder beats for the sparkling "Hurricanes" and retro "Disco Song," which shimmy along without losing that bright edge. Then they bob back into softer songs, with the shimmering "Winter Song," sleepy "And Sleep Al Mar," and effervescent "Stay Golden." Along with the music the tone becomes more melancholy -- it switches from summer kisses and dancing to unrequited love.
If you need a comparison, then Au Revoir Simone sounds a bit like a very stoned Broadcast, or an all-girl, electronic version of Eisley. More the latter, since these girls also spin pop songs that are full of magic and innocence, but they know how to make their music tug at the heartstrings in an honest way.
There are basically just two instruments: keyboard and drum machines. But they avoid typical synthpop sound, without sharp beats or typical catchiness. Instead they veer towards soft, silky, dreamy sounds even when they have catchy tunes, and molding their synth into different sounds. The finale is a shining example of that.Read more ›
It's not necessarily what you'd expect from a three-piece Brooklyn-based synth-pop outfit. Erika Forster and Annie Hart met in 2003 on a train. They were joined by Heather D'Angelo, who adds a drum machine as well as a third synthesizer. Two years later they recorded Verses of comfort, assurance and salvation in a former shower cubical at their manager's apartment, and it was picked up by the excellent Moshi Moshi, arguably London's most interesting label. `Verses of comfort' - named after a small book of biblical quotations that Annie received in the post - is an exquisite confection of lighter-than-air pop. Ethereal vocals drift above an insistent but unobtrusive drum and keyboard combination that varies from pounding disco to murmuring synth blues, nowhere more obviously than in `Hurricanes', where the tempo suddenly shifts mid-song. Hurricanes is one of the highpoints of the album, together with the slightly darker `Where You Go' and the subdued, sensuous `Back in Time'.
The best track by a distance, however, is the first, `Through the Backyards'.Read more ›