Album Review: Blindshore: Into the Ocean – Music

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As a former axelinger for the long-defunct large ATX shoegazer Seven Percent Solution (authors of Gabriel’s Waltz, one of the best psychedelic rock records to ever emerge in the Lone Star State) and A Five and Dime Ship, guitarist James Adkisson is well versed in a stompbox or two. For In the ocean, his third album as Blindshore, Adkisson takes desperate, introspective pop songs and drowns them in a tub of reverb, fuzz, echo and electronics, only to rise again better than when they sank. Lead track “A Dark Path” dives into a sort of penetrating melancholy, but does so under the auspices of space melody and otherworldly shimmer. The propelling “Submarine” grooves steadily through clouds of hazy atmosphere, with riffs floating out of the ether and creeping into your earhole before you know what happened. . The soaring “Star” mixes distorted drum sounds with melodious noises of enigmatic instrumental origin. “The Question” might get lost in its own plainness if not for the loud guitar and hazy beats that rumble beneath its surface. Surprisingly, all of these machine-made accoutrements serve the songs, rather than obfuscate them, making it clear that, in the world of Blindshore, sound surgery rules but solid rules of songcraft.

***.5

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