Boomkat Product Review:
This is the second album from Norwegian band Serena Maneesh, following an acclaimed debut, released in 2006. The band have since found a new home as part of the 4AD family, which seems like as apt a label as any to house the band's output given its long history of championing underground rock. That idea is taken to its illogical conclusion with this album: in what sounds conspicuously like an apocryphal rock yarn, the group are said to have recorded the album in a cave. Far from whatever troglodyte imagery that press release nugget conjures the album certainly doesn't feel like it was concocted below sea level. Songs 'I Just Want To See Your Face' and 'Blow Yr rains In The Morning Rain' really take flight, and 'Melody For Jaama' is a thing of sunkissed loveliness, to some degree evocative of My Bloody Valentine, or Fennesz's pulverised guitar strums. The band hit their peak as a pop entity with the truly lovely 'D.I.W.S.W.T.T.D.', which harnesses the spirit of Sarah Records whilst beefing up an overcrowded mix with a splendid, tumbling drum beat. Good stuff.