It's been awhile since the release of some quality atmospheric shoegazing but Norway's Serena-Maneesh have fixed that. The easiest and most obvious comparison is to the late My Bloody Valentine, but t

It's been awhile since the release of some quality atmospheric shoegazing but Norway's Serena-Maneesh have fixed that. The easiest and most obvious comparison is to the late My Bloody Valentine, but this band is much more than a menage a guitar. Sure, there's a formula at work here, but it doesn't feel forced. Guitars are always fuzzy, and the vocals are used more as a complimentary aspect, as opposed to conveying specific meaning. The drums more often than not pound everything into a psychedelic flurry, culminating on the 12-minute closer "Your Blood Is Mine." The group is also adept at more quick-hitting tracks, especially the two-minute "Un-Deux," which sounds like a lost track from MBV's seminal "Loveless." Indeed, "Serena-Maneesh" is a great way to revisit a dying breed of band. As such, it will be interesting to see if Serena-Maneesh veers toward the more accessible sound of a band like Secret Machines, or continues on with its amps cranked up and its guitars distorted. -- Michael D. Ayers

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