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Born Blonde - Solar (Single Review)

Thursday, 18 August 2011 Written by Jonny Rimmer
Born Blonde - Solar (Single Review)

Much has been made about this band reviving the spacey sound that indie bands such as The Verve experimented with in the early 90s. No, not Urban Hymns era – this stuff is more dreamy soundscapes than bittersweet hooks, and comparisons to shoegaze veterans My Bloody Valentine are not unfounded.

Luckily, this isn’t the sort of pedestrian haze that Glasvegas attempted on their debut record; this is full blown psychedelia done correctly, and it sounds beautiful. If the cover isn’t already enough indication, ‘Solar’ send you swirling down a corridor of noise and melody, which is very impressive considering this is a debut single. The vocals drift along nicely and inoffensively, and the main guitar hook (which is echoed all over the shop) is strong enough to sustain repeated listens. The drumming is also constantly on edge, half-syncopated but always resolute enough to hold the listener.

ImageThere’s also a particularly epic sounding remix, listed as being by a “J Lloyd”, which is arguably just as strong as the main track. This is impressive stuff from the London quintet, and it will be interesting to see how listenable a full debut from Born Blonde could be. They’re NME-endorsed, and the popularity of similarly dreamy record Skyingby the Horrors could potentially open doors for the band.


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