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White Blush – White Blush

white blush This is entirely new to me, and I have to confess that on the first listen the borderline disco beat had me twitching a little in whatever one of my internal musical organs it is which seems to hate fun.

I find synth-pop to be a slightly tricky area, in the sense that I can be incredibly finicky about what I like, but some of it I think is absolutely brilliant. Quite what shunts something from one camp to the other I don’t know, but it didn’t take long for me to realise that this is really rather good.

True Love may be a bit dancey for me, and Jolene a little over-wrought, but there is a pacey, hypnotic dreaminess to much of this which I am really enjoying.

I think for this kind of stuff, it ceases to be my cup of tea when it is too nice.  I need aggravating keyboard sounds, harsh drones, something awkward and uncomfortable to listen to, and White Blush provide enough of that to draw me in on first listen, and then also to balance out the less difficult elements of the EP as well, so it works well both ways.

Tracks like 808 Myst may be discordant and grating, but that’s the kind of stuff I like, and it serves to offset tunes like Jolene as well, which is a tune I might not like as much in isolation. So for all it may border on not being my taste from time to time, ultimately I think this is a really well-assembled EP with a fine combination of the awkward and the lovely.

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