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rec rds of the m nth Blanche Blanche Blanche Breaking Mirrors Musical instability in rock music is not appreciated by all, but if you caught that bug - say - from Syd Barrett’s solo records or from the Pixies (like we did), it’s then very, very hard not to embrace it. In their bizarre and (in most cases) gently noisy new album “Breaking Mirrors,” Brooklyn duo/ quartet Blanche Blanche Blanche cultivates music instability - together with a few other sonic ideas, like a certain angularity that has nothing to do with squares and rectangles, but rather with weirdly shaped polygons. The songs in “Breaking Mirrors” are actually very poppy; they feature simple melodies and structures, but (like all our favorite records) they sound nothing like pop. Sarah Smith’s deadpan vocals and ambivalent lyrics double the feeling of estrangedness and numb alienation created by arrangements that sound like geometry lessons disturbed by radio interferences. Somewhat reminiscent of Suicide and early Wire but playing their electric instruments with an even more mechanical approach through bit-crunching effects and fidelity disintegrating devices, Blanche Blanche Blanche pulls off an imaginative hybrid of lo-fi, math rock, goth, noise rock and industrial, that shies away from all current trends and sounds as fresh and challenging as it sounds, well... depressing. Which is something that’s actually making us quite happy right now!

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Wet Self-Titled EP Brooklyn’s electro-soul duo Wet offers a musical recipe reminiscent of the wise, caucasian, female-fronted soul-pop of MS MR, but with an added personal twist consisting in a subtle quirkiness and an intriguing sonic spaciousness. Their self-titled, debut EP released in 2013 is a weirdly intense record, featuring a combination of peculiar arrangements, soulful female vocals and runaway lyrics. Wet’s naughtily titled first single ‘Dreams’ delivers the band’s most interesting melody in a musical environment that could be described as trip‘n’B - as in the genre Tricky would have forged if he had been into R’n’B rather than hip hop. The song proceeds by fits and starts, with the beautiful vocals gathering together the scattered rhythmic elements and building the track from its intentionally limping verse towards the celestial opening of the chorus. Sophomore single ‘You’re The Best’ proceeds in less unexpected, but even sparser ways, featuring a simple melody filtered through a multi-pitch harmonizer, for an effect reminiscent of the vocoder. Once again, silence is the voice’s main companion in the initial section of the song, while gentle layers of guitars and harmonies develop the track in very pointillistic ways until a more linear chorus lifts things off again. The remaining two tracks, ‘Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl’ and ‘No Lie’ are more traditional R’n’B numbers, but still feature the band’s signature minimalist approach to programming.

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With just a four track EP out, Wet made a bunch of Best of 2013 lists (including The Fader’s one) and played a series of noteworthy gigs at CMJ last October. 2014 is theirs to conquer.

PORCHES Slow Dance in the Cosmos Porches’ lead singer Ronnie Mystery may be pleading for some personal space when he sings “pay no attention while I’m getting spaced out” in ‘The Cosmos’ (the closing track of the band’s recent LP “Slow Dance in the Cosmos”), but we couldn’t disagree with him more. Having just listened one time through to the new record, we are only just beginning to crack the beautifully intricate mythology behind this mysterious

and multifaceted album. We are hoping the band will treat us with other similar releases for a while, or we might never fully appreciate the number of sounds and visions they’re working with. With ragers like ‘Skinny Trees’ packed next to breathless ballads like ‘Franklin the Flirt’ and the prom-ready ‘Intimate,’ this group keeps you guessing even while you find yourself jumping up and down. It’s folk whimsy with a rebel’s frustration and a yacht rocker’s heart. You might listen to the track ‘Xanny Bar’ and be convinced Ronny wanders into railroad boxcars to entertain hobos on his free time, then come back to ‘After Glow’ and think that he’s the second coming of Phil Collins. This record is a huge leap ahead for the band. (Mike Levine)

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