Nevada / Washington dream pop / goth duo Psychic Guilt revolves around the trans-state music partnership of Reno‘s Amy (vox/guitar/bass) and Spokane‘s Conor (vox/guitar/synth/programming) from one man band Dancing Plague.
The brand new sophomore self-titled 4-track EP increasingly refined the band’s modern blend of dream pop sombre ethereality, and early ’80s dark post-punk vibes laden with warm and moving melancholy, nostalgia, and loss.
“Vine” starts in an ominous tone, the guitar sinister, the beat hypnotic, the female chant ethereal yet depressed. A broken relationship leaves deep mourning, desired reconciliation, and a dire need to understand. A driving, syncopated drum machine propels forward underneath mournful weeping guitar leads, leaving room again for the longing voice underpinned by a distorted, wobbling icy bass line, to arouse disturbing feelings of melancholy, angst and confusion. The mournful guitar sours tragically, the beats clap mechanically, the distinctive baritone reveals his anguish and mourning for a mutual lack of communication, both caged in the endless cycle of yearning, doomy guitar chords turn to foreboding again…
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