Fresh Kill: Blushing
Music journalists are infamous for decrying the death of scenes, usually to fit their own narratives on the ebb and flow of movements that occur in popular music. Most have read that punk fell as quickly as it rose (a quick look at the hardcore scenes dispels that notion). Shoegaze’s death occurred in the wake of My Bloody Valentine’s “Loveless”, or some would tell you that at least. However, Austin’s Blushing, with their first E.P. ” Tether,” show that shoegaze is alive and well.
The title track is the first to play. “Tether” lulling guitar washes, playing those dreamy chords that have become a staple of the shoegaze sound. There is a definite Lush element that is present in the Ethereal Sonic texture, as well as in the memorable hook driven chorus. Christina Carmina laments both wistfully and with power with a voice that is wonderfully complementary to the music’s honey dripping tone.
“Why Can’t We,” is essentially a pop song, albeit one dripping in reverb and chorus effect. Arpeggio played guitar parts and start stop drums, along with a killer instrumental break mid-way through, elevate the song musically and we are left with a highly infectious well-crafted song.
“Mess,” is a gorgeously idyllic slow-burn of a song. there is no immediacy, it is content to Simply drift down the river of its own calm Waters. Also, there is a brilliant effect use on the guitar toward the end which brings to mind the saxophone to this reviewers ears.
The final track “Protect You,” is a Maelstrom of delicate guitars interspersed with a quite crunchy pre chorus and Bridge. it Revels in its duality, and rightly so as it’s not everyday we hear a dreampop Act alternate between shimmery and aggressive in the same song.
There is no need to bring flowers to the tombstone of shoegaze, instead check out this E.P. by Tether.