Written by: Mike Dimitriou
Blurred City Lights is a maverick soundscaping duo, comprised of Dean Garcia (Curve, SPC ECO) and Polish multi-instrumentalist/producer/composer Jarek Leskiewicz (Sunset Wrecks, Opollo, SPC ECO), who have worked closely on many projects and collaborations over the years.
Their new Volker LP was released in February via eLaB Recordings and it includes 10 tracks of astonishing soundscape ‘gaze over the kind of improvisations that put the listener in a a delicious daylight musical trance. This is not drone or electronic music, it’s guitars, basses, drums, and vocals, blended with field recordings and five more guest musicians in the studio to achieve their ultimate shoegaze goal.
“Don’t Let Go” is one of the leading tracks on the album–an airy and liquid downtempo shoegaze-oriented motion with vocals provided by Rose Berlin (SPC ECO). It’s a musical trip with a very specific destination–the song is tight and pulled together with amplified guitars, overdrive and pedals. It’s rich with long, wet signal soundscapes, a very strict glitch drum that doesn’t let anyone go astray (that’s a very nice trick there), and Rose Berlin’s ethereal trip-hop style vocals.
Put in all these and add the colorful mood of the musicians and you get a simply astonishing performance of sheer shoegaze bliss.
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