Elastic Sleep what does it mean?Don’t let the name put you off the lush and sparkly second single from this Cork-based five piece.
‘Leave You’ is anything but daft, anyway. Muireann Lewis’ vocals are centre stage from the start, sounding vulnerably gorgeous over the lightest flickers of hazy guitars. Mere moments later, the band set their apparently numerous guitar pedals to stun and their widescreen sound exploding in an instant.
Dan Walsh hits his drums with the funereal heavocity of Bobby Gillespie-era Mary Chain, bass player Ruairi Dale plugging the gaps with a chunky, threatening chugging. But the overwhelming flavour is provided by guitarists Chris Somers and Brendan Riordan, their twin parts alternately soaring into jagged edges or spreading across the mix a sea of psychedelic oscillation.
The reference points are unashamedly 80s, from the highbrow goth of Siouxsie, Cure or Cocteaus to the heart-on-sleeve indie romanticism of Sarah Records’ best output. Lazy journalists will dub them shoegazers, but in truth they’re much more emotionally engaged and in your face to deserve the tag.
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