If there was ever a dream-pop subsection of Britpop, Rae Charlea’s would fit right in. But, given that such a place never existed and that we don’t have access to a time machine to send her back to the nineties, we will have to let Rea create such a scene and sound in the modern age.

Portray Innocence is both dreamlike and melodic, full of spiralling riffs and, eventually, heavy guitars, hazy yet beat-driven, pop-like but much better than such a term suggests. This may be the start of the fight back against the banality of most modern pop. Come on, people, let’s storm the barricades of the mainstream, crash the music industry gates, and pull down the statues to quick bucks and lowest common denominator creativity. And let’s do it with this as our rallying cry.

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