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Consilience - Under Our Beds

by Mark Steele Rating:8 Release Date:2016-07-11

The music some bands are producing these days seem to warrant a new sub-genre to be created. In  that camp are also found a four-piece called Consilience. the project led by Tasy Hudson - Main Vocals.guitar, who also has a band to hand Louis Mendez - Lead Guitar, Jesse Northey, Aidan Lucas-Buckland as the rhythm section. Their album Under Our Beds, follows their 2014 EP Walking Through A Dead Night, with some represented songs from this recording. It combines early-mid 1970's singer-songwriter arrangements with lush layers of Dream Pop, which could be termed as 'DreamGaze'. Well for those who need to know, It carries sounds found in artists such as Ducktails, Real Estate, Night Moves, Amber Arcades and Varsity.

An instant psych dream realm greets you here on 'Grim' with lush sounds abounding, whispery vocals over a floating fortress of organ, crisp guitars, fresh bass and drums holding a 3/4 which carries it along on a cool breeze. The vibe still keeps it hazy on 'Home Soon' which really comes across with a liquid harmony/rhythmic combination, The Beatles Sgt.Pepper period meets Martin Courtney, with The Carpenters as the carpeted icing on top. Likewise the same essence comes  through on  'Ride Out' the harmonies on the line "Brighter", plus a trumpet part inputes into the song a real spaced-out feel.

Gentle piano chords sway back and forth on 'Sober' as strings drone quietly underneath some fairly minimal guitar lines, whilst the drums slowly move along in a lulling waltz rhythm - it is basically hypnotic. 'Secrets' has nifty brush work on the snare dum with liquid piano arpeggios. There is a slight jazz aspect within this and especially where Tasy sings "I think too, I think too, I think too hard", melodically recalling Nu-Jazz mistress Clara Hill. Similarly effective is 'The Only Time I Choose', whose melancholic piano shifts around some great rhythm changes, providing a dramatic edge.

Swinging drums, plus the descending unison riff on 'Soft and Slow'  on bass, taking along guitars and horns in a real theatrical glam pop collage. Strings with organ feature a bit stronger on the pleasantly driving 'Walking Through A Dead Night', it also holds a harmonic resemblance to The Mamas And The Papas.

There is a warm familiarity on 'Losing Your Head' which has a Psych Folk quality - offbeat drum groove, catchy piano riffs, and lush vocal harmonies. Finally, a waltz Satie piano style led song 'Bad Timing' has a love lost trance feel as though it wanting you to embrace the situation fully.

There was possibly an opportunity on Under Our Beds, to have included extra instruments and effects to become more distinct. All things considered, there is an obvious air of transcendence, which is all credit due to the band in the well thought arrangements and combination. A resourceful essence that could raise the game on the next album.

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