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

Track Of The Day RESPLANDOR  

The Netherlands based shoegaze/dream pop band of Peruvian origin, RESPLANDOR, formed in Lima in 1996 by composer and musician Antonio Zelada, enriched lately by the alluring backing vocals of Tatiana Balaburkina, has dropped the second single from Resplandor’s upcoming 4th album “Tristeza”, due to be released in early 2022, that continues the dreamlike collaboration, started in 2008 through the “Pleamar” LP, reedited on vinyl last year by Saint Marie Records, with the legendary Cocteau Twins co-founder Robin Guthrie, on the mixing and production helm, in addition to Slowdive’s Simon Scott, on mastering.

Lush and enveloping, “Blue” brims with wondrous foaming depth-defying guitar swirls and humming captivating dual harmonies to leave the listener utterly breathless.

Evocative lyrics expose fear, confusion, and aimlessness at the hands of past lost and new horizons.

Subtly swarming fizzy aural washes of reverb-laden glowing star-gazing guitar fuzziness, mirrored in airy gauzy shadows of synth swells, expand loosely, drawing vaporous mesmeric and seductive trails pervaded by an indissoluble piercing melancholy, amid brittle twinkling echoes, in subdued anxious, swishing evolutions along iridescent and rustle trajectories to hint at a constant sense of anxious, unsettled boundlessness, imbued by distant, distressed, and anxious yet deceivingly smooth male vocals, exuding emotional turmoil below beautiful soothing siren-esque female hums, to carve thriving wishful paths through the hectic remnants of broken dreams.

RESPLANDOR new single “Blue” is available on Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon, Tidal, Deezer and all digital platforms through the band’s own Netherlands-based record label Automatic and German imprint Reptile Music.

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