Wednesday, April 4, 2007

The Electric Soft Parade

"Woken By A Kiss"

There’s a weird, comforting feeling I get from the fuzzed-out shoegaze sound of the late 80’s/early 90’s. Maybe it’s the way the sound fills the space, leaving no silence to hide in. Or maybe it’s the way all the elements bleed into one amorphous river of noise that’s somehow loud and soothing at the same time. Whatever it is, it’s always nice to hear an updated version done well. If ESP’s entire album copied the sound of “Woken By A Kiss”, they’d easily be written off as characterless copy cats. But since it’s a one-off, it simply works as a genre exercise. Luckily the band holds off on the fuzz long enough to introduce soft, distant piano trills in between verses. Once they pass the bridge, they turn on the “rock” switch and bring the tempo to double speed. It's not going to shake any musical foundations, but it's nice enough in its own right.

Download >>Woken By A Kiss

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