Portland, Oregon's Anne follow up their acclaimed 2011 compilation LP Dream Punx (A389 Records) with this brand new two-song 7". Combining ethereal reverb and shoegazey ambience with a basement dwelling, New Order esque rhythm section, Anne deliver these two tracks with a more structured approach than ever before. The resulting songs carry a dreamy, haunting ambience underlying unforgettable pop hooks. Near perfect in tone, chimey, shimmering guitars echo and decay alongside humming post punk drum beats and thumping, dancey basslines. The shapeshifting synthesizers weave varying textures from fuzzed out drones to warm harmony lines. Perhaps most impressive however is the delicate desperation in the vocal delivery. Sitting high up in the mix, the vocals deliver barbs like, "We made a suicide pact that you couldn't go through with," with a style and swagger not usually expoused in the genre's traditional vocal stylings. These two new songs are a marked progression as Anne grows away from their influence of their shoegaze forbears, and if this progress is any indicator, Anne will soon be remembered as alongside the greats they're being compared to.
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