Boomkat Product Review:
Blackest Ever Black yield a jaw-dropping trio of new ToC songs with 'Stop Suffering', commemorating the label's 5th year of glorious misery with one of its strongest releases to date.
The first we've heard from Camella Lobo's project since her debut album, 'Restless Idylls', represents a striking maturity and refinement of her sound; the result of considerable time spent honing a heart-gripping sound in tandem with mixing and additional production rendered by Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv, Nine Inch Nails).
The EP's title track is a masterpiece of minimalist, gothic pop - sullen, ceramic drums and sunken alto shuffle close to the edge, looking straight ahead, before redemptive guitar strokes flip the script with a spine-freezing, life-affirming beauty and simplicity that belies the song's exquisitely chiselled production values.
'I Woke Up And The Storm Was Over' appears next in a slightly altered version to the mix on BEB's vinyl-only compilation, 'I Can't Give You The Life That You Want', lacing Camella into a wide-open panorama of sweeping guitar and synth tempered with a quiet lushness rather than gaunt melancholy.
To close, we find her steeped in a bath of reverb and hazy ambient precipitation anchored by a buried, quaking pulse. It's at once elegiac but also oddly refreshing and uplifting, about as close as you'll come to Gas remixing Grouper