n. the eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that’s usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet—a school hallway in the evening, an unlit office on a weekend, vacant fairgrounds—an emotional afterimage that makes it seem not just empty but hyper-empty, with a total population in the negative, who are so conspicuously absent they glow like neon signs.
Almost two and a half decades after the release of one of the quietest “loud” records ever, vague bittersweet melodies cloaked in thick walls of noise keep on running into the bloodstream of young musicians and new devotees everywhere.
’90s-tinged bulging waves of feedback certainly linger, with splashes of Grunge / Alt-Indie Rock, over the guitar-driven surreal Shoegaze sound developed by the Canadian artist and producer, under the lil dirtbag alias, hailing from the easternmost part of North America, Newfoundland and Labrador, who, after a compelling debut EP, “It’s been too real”, at the end of last year, returns with the atmospheric new single “kenopsia (wasted on u)”, where, due by what is explained above, a lost soul dwells in a hazy daydream about a loved one who slipped away.
Introduced by shuffling somberly reflective chords, steady plodding drum beats and dense humming basslines underpin a starkly and tearing emotional immersion into effect-laden ebbs and flows of languid and wistful obsessive rarefactions and rippling cathartic surges, coated with intense emotive layers of fuzzed-out distortions and insistent resonant pain-fueled strains, desolately drifting over disconnected vocals fading into hypnotic disintegrating echoes.
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