Descender –  Post Louis (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There is a beguiling combination of sounds that makes up the musical DNA of Descender, a compelling blend of cool classical infused vocals and sultry pop grooves. And it is such, seemingly opposites, attracting that have always made Post Louis a fascinating band. Here, the clarity of Stephanie Darin’s voice and the way it is slowly expanded into a hazy, heavenly choir, contrasted with the fragile, scattered and slightly broken musical structures which make for a brilliantly original sound.

It swaps conventional pop blueprints for an almost anagrammatic approach, one where all the elements are present and easily identifiable, it’s just they don’t seem to be where you would expect them to be, a situation which gets more unpredictable as the song heads towards its less than logical conclusions. But there is something brilliant about such a wilfully confusing approach, something which suggests that new music is created not so much by trying to find new sonic building blocks to work with but rather using the ones readily available and just arranging them to build slightly disarming and off-kilter music.

And that’s what happening here…music as a Rubik’s cube perhaps, only Post Louis is not trying to get everything lined up into a conformist completion, they are much happier with the beauty which comes from the mild chaos of not quite pandering to the audiences expectations. And in that, I am with them all the way.

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