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Track of the Day: Kult Country – Trembling Moon

If My Bloody Valentine’s triumphant return proved anything, it was that shoegaze was here and…

If My Bloody Valentine’s triumphant return proved anything, it was that shoegaze was here and it was here to stay. Manchester band, Kult Country, are descendants of that original legacy that included Slowdive and Ride, however, the effects here are not contemplative or languid; they are filtered here for pristine and melodic pop refinement. 

‘Trembling Moon’ is an exercise of distortion and lapping feedback, as the guitars are laid over each other to create a distorted wave of blissful noise. But what really stands out is how tightly wound the song is constructed. With a billowing cloud of guitar fuzz the band ground everything with a hiccupping drumbeat and a confident and rumbling bass line. It all comes together to such majestic effect with lead singer Yousif Al-Karaghouli’s hazy vocals meandering down vivid dreamscapes. An earworm if there ever was – the only disappointment is that it doesn’t glide on forever. 

 

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