My Red Dress – ‘Out There’

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‘Out There’ is the latest effort by San Fransisco’s My Red Dress - it’s epic, obsessively pretty and features layers of heavenly vocals. Some tracks are just better suited to a cathedral hall than the bedroom studio! The duo (Sophia Campbell and Ryan Moonbeam Lescure of the eponymous shoegaze band Moonbeams) showcase layers of swooping harmonies that are both daring and mature, while walls of heavily distorted guitar and a pipe organ-esque bass line fade and rise. The overall effect is immense, assertive and encompassing.

Ryan was humble enough to detail some of the production techniques that create My Red Dress’ sound.

“The first thing to note is that Sophia is a tremendous singer. My logic is that Sophia’s voice is too good to bury. I don’t want it to sit under the mix like it often does in shoegaze. I want it to be blurry and vague with effects, but I ultimately want her incredible talent to shine. I try to use Grouper’s music as a template. Her vocal parts, while vague, seem to shine brilliantly. A big part of the production in these songs is that I’m constantly learning, and that I also tend to make a lot of unorthodox decisions.

I mix her vocal parts (a lead and a harmony) with a track that I’ve already written and recorded using Reaper (my digital audio workstation of choice) and use compression, EQ, reverb, and delay on her vocal tracks. I will triple both of her vocal parts, panning two of each about 25% right and left, while keeping one part centered. I use fewer effects on the centered vocal than I do the panned vocals. To fill out the sound of the vocals, I will variate subtle things about the reverb or delay between the tracks that are panned differently. This leads to the sound becoming richer, in my opinion. Our next recordings will be guided by the same principles.”

While we hungrily wait for more, catch up with a high quality digital copy of ‘Out There’ paired with ‘Cave‘ over on Bandcamp. [By Dave Lytton]
 
My Red Dress – ‘Out There / Cave’

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SBWR Is A Blogster Award Finalist!

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The Pedestrian Blogster Awards have begun and (believe it or not) Sounds Better With Reverb is a finalist! Here’s our profile/Q&A page. We’re one of twenty music blogs now racing to claim glory, win stuff and spam their friends into voting. So far we’ve got… *let me add it up*…no votes at all. So if you could spare this sad bastard the embarrassment and VOTE HERE – it would be much appreciated! In the unlikely event that Sounds Better actually wins something, I’ll post a steamy photo (hacked from my personal iCloud). Thanks in advance for your mouse clicking patronage.

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Unwound – ‘Reykjavik, Iceland (6/30/1999)’

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Seasoned noise-rock fans should be well familiar with the inventive, dissonant, decade-long career of Washington’s influential Unwound. For neophytes and die-hard completists alike, Numero Group has scrounged together the band’s complete efforts, from re-mastered studio releases to unreleased “material tracked live in a local basement,” for an unrivaled 4-part reissue! The latest release will cover Unwound’s “defining fourth and fifth albums The Future of What and Repetition” on vinyl and digital and rounds out the set with an exclusive LP offer of the live recording ’6/30/1999: REYKJAVIK, ICELAND,’ which features Unwound “revisit(ing) a few marquee highlights, stretching them out into droney sonatas drenched in feedback” and makes for a great introduction to the acclaimed 90′s trio (stream more). [By Dave Lytton]

 
Unwound – ‘Reykjavik, Iceland (6/30/1999)’

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Dråpe – ‘Dråpe’ EP

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It’s been more than a year since Dråpe delivered their ‘Canicular Days‘ LP but the wait for new material shouldn’t be too much longer. The Oslo five piece have been busy working on a fresh full length (with a single expected before the year is out) *crosses fingers*! If you missed Dråpe’s debut EP back in 2011 then do yourself a favour and jump straight into the stream below. ‘By Heart’ is still brilliant – frequently stuck on repeat!

 
Dråpe – ‘Dråpe’ EP

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Golden Fable – ‘Armour’

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It’s refreshing to hear Golden Fable‘s organic approach to dream pop, it’s very much a traditional band setup. There’s double tracked vocals in there but it’s not weighed down by overwhelming production (and what an amazing voice)! The Welsh trio (Rebecca Palin, Tim McIver and Jack McCarthy) release their second album ‘Ancient Blue’ on November 10 (pre-order). For fans of Dead Can Dance, This Mortal Coil and Cocteau Twins.

 
Golden Fable – ‘Armour’

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Astronaut Husband – ‘Together’

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Alec Grefe (of Haunter) returns as Astronaut Husband for the release of ‘Then & Now’, a mixed bag of downbeat lo-fi/acoustic and experimental oddities! Grab the digital now or hold out til the cassette is available via Little League Records. I’ve had the beautiful album cut ‘Together’ on repeat, it’s a hidden gem. The Wisconsin-based solo artist is criminally underrated in my book! Check out his previous releases ‘Drip’ and ‘Supergiant Blues’ via Bandcamp for more.

 
Astronaut Husband – ‘Together’

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