Lights Out Asia - Eyes Like Brontide
Last year’s Tanks and Recognizers album set the tone for this spaced-out, neo-shoegazing trio from Milwaukee, Wisconsin (comprising ex-Aurore Rien duo Chris Schafer and Mike Ystad, plus guitarist Mike Rush). Haunting, eerie and cinematic (think Sigur Ros, Godspeed and The Blue Nile), the set hones in on the senses with moody melodies constructed around dynamic drum machine beats, chilling keys and guitar-laden ambience. Who would have thought you could warm your cockles by the fireside to tracks like ‘Radars Over the Ghosts of Chernobyl’, ‘X-33’, ‘Psiu! Puxa!’ and ‘MIR’.