Josefin ÌÐhrn + The Liberation ‰ÛÒ Mirage-CD-South

Josefin ÌÐhrn + The Liberation ‰ÛÒ Mirage

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Recordings, Horse Dance, marked out a territory in which beguiling repetition could sashay with sweet pop suss, melodic flourishes with experimental intensity, and it was summarily rapturously received on arrival, making new fans and earning them appearances at Roskilde Festival and Eindhoven Psych Lab. Their second effort Mirage, which follows a mere year after its predecessor, sees the band sculpting sprawling, hypnotic jams into elegant nocturnal serenades. ‰ÛÏWe agree on not remembering very much about how these tracks came about, that all of them were written on the road and that most of them came fully formed‰۝ note the band. ‰ÛÏMost were really long to begin with, but we found it relieving to break away a bit from the mandatory psych jams a little bit. We also just realised that none of them were written in daylight, which might be why memory is so elusive.‰۝ Indeed, this hypnagogic approach seems to fit well with the primary inspiration for the five-piece, which centred on ‰Û÷the state where dreams, visions and the present are entwined‰۪ .Mirage sees the band taking a chic tradition of avant-pop that extends all the way from Serge Gainsbourg and Fran̤oise Hardy to Broadcast and Saint Etienne, and warping it mercilessly to their own darker ends. Whilst the brooding yet sultry ‰Û÷Sister Green Eyes‰۪ is no less than a sharp slice of velveteen motorik-pop and ‰Û÷Looking For You‰۪ reinvents three-chord garage-rock attack with mighty finesse, The Liberation are just as comfortable dealing out the heavy-lidded and electronically-driven ‰Û÷In Madrid‰۪ or the dive in the hallucinatory deep end of ‰Û÷Circular Motion‰۪, on which they‰۪re aided and abetted by Lay Llamas‰۪ Nicola Guinta. The seductive splendour of these ten songs ̴make manifest a parallel world of disorientation and deliverance in which one would be a fool not to want to languish adrift .åÊ

(limited holographic mirrorboard sleeves)