TREMBLING BLUE STARS - The Last Holy Writer (CD)
01. By false lights
03. Sacred music
04. This once was an island
05. the coldest sky
06. Schnee gletscher glas
07. November starlings
08. Darker, colder, slower
09. From a pale blue rosary
10. Say goodbye to the sea
11. The tenth of always
12. A statue to Wilde
When the TREMBLING BLUE STARS announced they quit playing live, some fans started being afraid of losing an important part of their lives - but there was no reason - 'The Last Holy Writer' is proof that one of the most influential bands in indiepop is at its most creative, daring and inspired, now concentrated in writing the most beautiful pop songs you've heard for ages.
The 6th album by TREMBLING BLUE STARS is a big honour for our label that has been always run by fans, who have followed and admired Bobby Wratten's career since the early times when he fronted the now mythical THE FIELD MICE. Wratten's writing climbs to its highest peaks, free of any stylistic ties and ready to explore new territories, without leaving aside his sensitive ambient-pop, evocative melodies and the eternal reference to the sound of the early 80's post-punk.
SLOWDIVE and THE CURE are still good references for this music, but they are too short to describe the unique sound of TREMBLING BLUE STARS, a sound that's ready to mingle melodic, sensitive pop with many electronic sounds, distortions, noises, static and even field recordings that envelope the songs with a nostalgic halo.
'Idyllwild' talks about a city in California with a Rickenbacker sound that makes one think of psychedelic pop bands from the 80's like THE RAIN PARADE. Beth Arzy's crystalline voice is so bright in 'From a pale blue rosary' - a song that could have been played by MAZZY STAR or GALAXIE 500.
After the avant-garde, almost gothic experimentation of 'Schnee gletscher glas', 'November starlings' feels like a ray of light - however soon the clouds appear again - the title on 'Darker, colder, slower' says it all. 'This once was an island' or 'Say goodbye to the sea' sail over programmed, glitchy rhythms.
Beth's voice, one of the most evocative and beautiful you have heard from an indiepop band, closes this wonderful album with which you will fall in love again with Bobby Wratten's music - they have hit the target again.
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