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zelienople - The World Is A House On Fire (Limited Vinyl Edition)
*Gorgeous widescreen Americana and dream pop from Zelienople - massively recommended to followers of Talk Talk, Bark Psychosis and Slowdive. Edition of 700 copies* Our favourite ghostly pop troupe from Chicago return with a sublime new album for their spiritual home, Type Records. Seven songs deep, 'The World Is A House On Fire' succinctly refines their craft to vapourous traces of shoegaze, midnight Americana and doom pop breathing heavy with a miasmatic melancholy. References to "Laughing Stock" ere Talk Talk, Bark Psychosis and classic Slowdive are patently unavoidable, and that's testament to the psychokinetic sensitivity of the trio's instrumental mastery. The assured, poignant but fragile voice and sparing guitar of Matt Christensen are the (often stunning) central feature, and the rest of the group clearly realise this. After given his moment to impress on last year's mighty solo LP 'Loop Current', percussionist Mike Weis plays a shadowy, reserved supporting role alongside misty synth and organ from Donn Ha and the cushioned bass reverb of Brian Harding, shaping the space below and beyond Christensen's plangent, heavenly heartache with skin-prickling detail. This is a (quietly) epic triumph of dream pop tropes, a must have for connoisseurs of the sound searching for a mirror to their most private emotions and traumas.