WL//WH Track Of The Day: RESPLANDOR “Adore (Robin Guthrie Mix)”

Track Of The Day RESPLANDOR  

Somehow a precursor of the dream pop/shoegaze sound in South America, being formed in Lima in 1996, Peruvian musician and composer, relocated to The Netherlands, Antonio Zelada, under his RESPLANDOR moniker, after sharing the stage over the years with several of his musical heroes such as The Cure, The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Radio Dept, The House of Love and Slowdive, just to name a few, continues its longstanding ‘dreamlike’ collaboration, inaugurated in 2008 through the album “Pleamar”, reissued on vinyl in 2020, with the legendary Cocteau Twins founder Robin Guthrie, on the mixing and production helm, and Slowdive’s Simon Scott, on mastering, for the brand new single “Adore”, the first preview from Resplandor’s upcoming 4th full-length due in 2021 on Automatic.

“Adore” sails in compelling safe waters along the lines of the previous LP, leaving room for potential surprises in a second moment, with the male/female double voice becoming a stable feature, in a sublime contrasting blend of joy and sorrow.

A sweeping majestic sensory encounter steeped in a sparkling all-consuming embrace of distorted reverberations, sinuously ascending silky bassline, and off-tempo rhythmic palpitations, to build an intensely emotional and intimate breadth of agony and ecstasy on which the sad, breathy dual male/female vocals glide brittle and aerial, suffering and longing in a mist of ethereal darkness, counterpointed by radiant subtly piercing soaring guitar melodies exuding shimmering hopeful sights of a likely reunification, ‘someday.’

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