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Sour Cherry Bell

    Melissa Guion’s second offering for Kranky retains the glassy gauze of her debut, 2016’s Precious Systems, but shaded starker and darker, framed by mechanical rhythms and humid industrial moods. She speaks of Sour Cherry Bell as something of a reckoning with her tools of creation: “I was curious to see how far I could go with them, even if that meant reaching the ends of their capacity to do what I wanted. But I never exhausted them and they never exhausted me.”

    For Fans Of : Elizabeth Fraser/Julee Cruise/Siouxsie Sioux

    Utilizing her trusted combination of instrumentation, Guion tracked the record between her New Orleans home and rehearsal space, capturing chemistries both intimate and expansive. The songs sway between twilit shoegaze, downer ballads, and gothic pop, mapping a delicate palette of electric melancholies, though in retrospect she cites as her primary muse the notion of power: “lost and found, corporeal and cerebral, harnessed and exploited, of one and many, in this reality and the next.” Sour Cherry Bell reverberates beyond the here and now into scenes unseen, worlds unheard. 


    TRACK LISTING

    1. Lowlight
    2. The Steelyard
    3. FM Secure
    4. Cherry Bell Blacktop
    5. Body Optics
    6. Quiet Time
    7. Simulus
    8. Perfect Interference
    9. Sourbell
    10. Petrechoria 

    MJ Guider

    Precious Systems

      Melissa Guion is MJ Guider. She lives and works in New Orleans and previously released the Green Plastic extended play cassette in early 2014 on the Constellation Tatsu label.

      Employing heavy washes of bass and a deft touch in mixing, she uses stark contrasts to construct a semi-surreal aural space.

      What results are songs that exist in a wholly contained sound environment, minimal yet lush, spare yet saturated, and most importantly, entirely compelling.

      “...black syrupy goodness that hits all the right spots.” Fact
      “...swallows up the listener in dark, warm, gooey vibes.” Tiny Mix Tapes

      From MJ Guider:
      “Precious Systems is inspired and influenced by the landscape in and near New Orleans, particularly the juxtaposition of the natural with industrial and commercial constructs as they reflect life here.

      The songs on the album attempt to create contrasts of their own as one means to induce unreality or alter perspective. While it is greatly influenced by science fiction, its sounds and stories often become it themselves.
      The sounds come from a variety of sources, but are anchored by a few aging, outmoded machines.

      A beloved Rickenbacker 3000 in combination with a Roland R-8 drum machine, and RE-501 tape echo set the tone of technology in subsidence.”


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Though it might seem unlikely, gothic tinged shoegaze/ambient has seen a bit of a surge in recent years. Tropic of cancer being a notable (and equally excellent) recent addition. Precious Systems is as haunting as it is enchanting, saturated top-heavy drones whirl around Guion's haunting voice, driven along by cavernous guitar, and every so often punctuated by driving hardware drum machines. Spooky and shadowed gothic shoegaze for the masses.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Lit Negative
      2. Triple Black
      3. Surfacing First
      4. White Alsatian
      5. Second Surface
      6. Former Future Beings
      7. Their Voices Clear Now
      8. Evencycle
      9. Fiction Control


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