Boomkat Product Review:
Heart-rending shoegaze entries from the master of rose-tinted but thorny ambient pop hymns, landing smart on the heels of his nostalgic pangs collected in the recent Songs of Remembrance / Songs of Forgiveness LP reissues. The struggle is beautiful and warmly recommended!
Accompanied by the languorous basslines of Drew Piraino on the record’s broadest and most affective pieces, Jefre’s chiming guitars and muffled drums form hymns to rare feels, with the distancing effect of distortion connoting the effect of age, as serene moments appear move ever farther out of reach.
That effect is felt most strongly in the transition of ‘Love’s Refrain’ from something like a crumpled tape recording of shimmering yacht rock thru to its coruscating, noisy finale, and the dense weight of humid air and featherlight chirrups in ‘Little Dear Isle’, while the other side pushes off from the sore synth chorale of ‘In Summer’ and into the slackened drums of ‘Blue Nudes (I-IV)’, again underlined by Drew Piraino’s murmuring bassline, with Jefre pushing the upper registers into the red, before collapsing into the tape noise and lone piano refrain of his ‘Prelude’.