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TheDoubleA ,

Exceptional

The second full-length album from Chicago’s Airiel is a smashing success. The timing of its release is also fantastic for fans of the genre as the genre’s pioneers have awakened from decades old hibernation to captivate old and young listeners alike. Airiel proves they aren’t impersonators and belong with a seat at the table. Airiel have been doing this since the late 90s, but many have not heard of them. This album is a great gateway into the band and showcases the band in top form. Standouts are Cloudburst, Keep You, the revised Sharron Apple, and the title track. I just hope the band doesn’t wait another five years to put out new material. Far too talented. This will not leave you playlist for a long while...enjoy it, treasure it, dance to it.

spoCAN ,

Shoegaze worth waiting for!

An excellent LP from Airiel, and one that has been a long time coming. Their Winks and Kisses set, in my eyes, is the pinnacle of shoegaze/dream pop, covering a wide expanse of sound and texture in ways I've never seen from another act. Although this album doesn't quite cover as much ground, it is delicately crafted, delectably infectious, remarkably powerful, and filled with a level emotion that is all too often set aside in the genre in favor of another layer of noise.

To be honest, their initial LP wasn't their finest hour. I still listen to a few tracks off it on occasion ("Thinktank","You Kids..."), but none of it carried the punch of Mister Wrenn's EPs. This offering, thankfully, is much more what one should expect from such a skilled musician(s). If I had to pick out the weak tracks, I would single out "Cloudburst" - the chorus reminds me too much of "Roxanne" by the Police, oddly enough - and "Sharron Apple", only because the original off of W&K is superior.

Still, these tracks are more than passable; the remainder is simply exceptional. "My Lips, Your Mouth" sounds as though it should have been featured on the Melted EP (a good thing), "Red Car" carries an insatiable hook that I keep going back to, and "You Sweet Talker" excels at both being gorgeously melancholy and sweepingly sentimental. These would be odd descriptors for tracks offered up by a typical shoegaze band; however, this is Airiel we're talking abound, and this is simply what they do. All around, a phenomenal effort.

It's high time Wrenn and Company are given a seat at the table of preeminent shoegaze/dream pop artists. Their time in the sun (or melancholy shadow, perhaps?) is long overdue. Well done, gentlemen!

Scolding a Banana ,

Shoegaze goodness

RIYL Slowdive, et al.

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