Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Depreciation Guild - in her gentle jaws

The first full-length Depreciation Guild had a fuller sound than the early often sparse chiptune/shoegaze experiments such as on the Nautilus ep. It was a lot more refined but still pretty raw and exhilarating. "Sky ghosts" for example is driven along by a blast of fuzzy guitar and 8-bit beat. Amid all the noise and electronic din however is a beautiful pop melody and that throughout has been why the Depreciation Guild were one of the best bands of recent years... and this album near as damn essential.

"A room, a canvas" follows the pop noise and early electronic noise blueprint but puts it into a dramatic epic soundscape. Another highlight is the frenetic pop blast of "Butterfly kisses". In truth all of the songs are wonderful and yet it was only a taste of what was to come.

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