I often find that music dictates the way you write about it. Music full of boast and bombast evokes muscle bound descriptions, commercially loaded pop often results in over-egged efforts to sell its style rather than its substance and most conventional indie music leaves me appropriating descriptions I have used before, for better deserving bands. Where I am most comfortable, where the words flow most freely is when presented with dreamy, smokey and sonorous soundscapes and intangible washes of creativity. It is why releases by Wasuremono are so looked forward too.
And if the opening salvo, Dog, kicks off by laying down a sub-Cure backbeat (and check out Alligator for more Simon Gallup bass references…and by the way, I’m not complaining), any thoughts of pastiche are immediately dispelled with their unique vocal approach, a neat one-two between conventional deliveries and distant falsetto washes. And whilst songs such as Part of You do nothing to dispel the dreampop tag, Kaboom proves that they so much more than that. For whilst they tick all the right boxes of that genre – haunting, melancholic and otherworldly, effects driven and ghostly, there is something far too tangible and solid at their core for them to be pigeon-holed quite that easily.
The title track shows just how cleverly they can collect, harness and alchemise genres, shift moods and subvert expectations not only from one track to the next but within the songs themselves. In this respect the track Kaboom is a triumph of meandering intent and slow burning dynamic build, employing enough groove and skittering beats to catch the ear of the alt-pop mainstream and more than enough cool elegance and detachment to create a cult following.
With bands such as Warpaint proving that such heavenly sounds can appeal to both highbrow and commercial markets simultaneously, the release of this album sees Wasuremono in the perfect position to break into a bigger league, one that both buys records in decent numbers and also appreciates the fact that records this good don’t just come about by chance. Imagine that!