Boomkat Product Review:
Heart-in-mouth shoegaze melter heavily tipped to fans of Grouper or Tropic Of Cancer, Ensemble Economique!
New Orleans-based Melissa Guion a.k.a. MJ Guider makes a very memorable entrance on Kranky with the diaphanous shoegaze pop dimensions of Precious Systems, only her 2nd release following a low key debut with Constellation Tatsu in 2014.
Hers is an isolated, starkly blissful sound of an ilk that really only comes around ervery so often in these sublime proportions. Obvious comparisons aside, she’s in possession of a breathtakingly romantic sound; intimately economical, although widescreen in effect.
An arching spine of skeletal drum machines runs thru the album, moving in and out of focus from clouds of airborne vocal, synth and guitar harmonies, alternately radiating quaking booms from the pealing plainchant of Lit Negative and underpinning the 10 minute Evencycle with a rumbling, slow techno thrust, whilst elsewhere they make Triple Black step and swoon like an eccied-up goth or evaporate altogether, leaving her in blissfully weightless space on Second Surface.
No need to over egg this; it’s just a divine piece of work, warranting your immediate attention.