Boomkat Product Review:
Superb melange of effervescent synth-pop, dream-pop and shoegaze ambient styles from Troth, the duo of Altered States’ label runner Cooper Bowman and honey tongued Amelia Besseny for A’dam’s reliably anachronistic Knekelhuis - RIYL Maria Minerva, Teresa Winter, Oï les Ox, Tara Clerkin Trio, Orphan Fairytale
One of the best on an admirably stand out label, ‘Oak Corridor’ slips very snugly into Knekelhuis’ world with a melt-on-mind confection of styles that we adore. It’s the 3rd album by Troth following a mini album cassette for Not Not Fun earlier this year, and the duo’s earliest stirrings found on Cooper Bowman’s ace label, Altered States, since 2019. They all by-passed this set of ears, but this one really connects with us thanks to the measured but not overly fussy style of production and girl-heard-next-door innocence of the vocals, which nail that ideal balance of naif yet knowing, and oscillate from edge of the dancefloor to deep in someone else’s dream space.
At their perkiest, the duo find a filigree line of Lowlands/UK coldwave and synth-pop on album highlights such as the icily stride of ‘In Lore’ with its soaring vocals, the swooning beauty of ‘Balancing Arc’, and the cold stepper ‘Komodo’, but the album is more dominated by its seductive urges to the oneiric, most tantalisingly on the seashore slosh of shells and pads in ‘Forge Fabric’, and the gentle fever dream styles of ‘Weight of a Feather’, with an arcane sense of supernatural creeping in via the spindly bittersweet dissonance of ‘When Rivers Were The Highways’, and a perfect curtain closer ‘Aether Frolic.’