"Chloe Dancer is an eerie and deviant three track EP, that creeps and prowls through various musical genres, from slow shoegaze passages through to frantic blast beaten tirades. Its this stark contrast of styles that make this EP a hugely Immersive and compelling listen"
So, this weeks review has a two pronged approach to it, because not only have I come across a band whose sound hypnotised me right from the off, but it also introduced me to a new independent DIY label that has a great work ethic and a clear vision of what it wants to achieve in the music scene it finds itself in.
The band is Chloe Dancer, the brainchild of K.M North whose style of music spirals and swirls through waves of Blackgaze, Shoegaze and glorious Post-Rock. The label is Syrup Moose Records, from British Columbia, whose unique model is that of sharing and evenly distributing all that comes from the music. A refreshing and non-partisan outlook that will put Syrup Moose in good stead.
But anyway, back to the music. Chloe Dancer is an eerie and deviant three track EP, that creeps and prowls through various musical genres, from slow shoegaze passages through to frantic blast beaten tirades. Its this stark contrast of styles that make this EP a hugely Immersive and compelling listen.
Broken down into three acts, Act I opens with a haunting ,slow-tempo, cymbal crashing intro that bounces off some reverbed and fuzzy guitars, before opening up into a post-rock inspired tremolo shredding rhythm section that spellbinds and charms. However this 10 minute track has more twists and turns ahead, as the atmosphere shifts to a powerful and manic Post-Black frenzy, without ever losing its hypnotic qualities.
Act II plays out as an interlude, the glue that binds Act I and Act III together. Fuzzy, distorted waves of shoegaze feed your senses in a windstorm of sound. Its balmy yet weighty delivery never over-imposes itself on you, but at the same time theres a forceful undercurrent that breaks the surface on occasion, keeping the tension and interest alive.
Act III is a wall of blackgaze. The bass hammers out its wrath while the guitars send vicious riffs in tandem. The drums sound manic and out of control momentarily, but the more your ears adapt to the commotion, the more every instrument falls into place, releasing a trance-like fury that seeps deep into your subconscious. The track closes amidst a slumberous drum beat, with Post-Rock surges flashing over the dense percussions, right to the end.
The band’s press kit likened their sound to moments of Deafheaven and Slowdive, which is pretty accurate, but to add to that I can hear rumblings of bands like Au-Revoir and Our Ceasing Voice haunting the airwaves, which all-in-all is a good thing. Chloe Dancer are a band to watch for sure, and Syrup Moose Records deserve your attention also. Long live DIY labels and god bless the bands that support them!