9 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This Barnum, Colo.–based ensemble led by Ryan Policky and Gabriel Ratliff know exactly how to build the sonic temples that provide shelter for all those enamored with the beauty and dense mysteries of shoegaze. Their fourth album, The Silent Sunrise, is a massive-sounding outing that features explorations into sounds first heard in the works of The Cure and Sisters of Mercy. A Shoreline Dream take those techniques and expand them into full-on dream-state compositions that earned earlier comparisons to Sigur Ros, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, and Slowdive. Yet, comparisons are only made to help potential listeners find this heavenly but low-key ensemble. In essence, there's little else like this album. Gorgeous and seemingly endless layers of sound guide the beauty of “King of Your Castles,” “Twice Removed,” “Break It Again,” and “As the Cold Moves In.” Vocals often hide to varying degrees underneath the phased, chorused, and otherwise manipulated guitars. The only complaint? At just 43 minutes, this album could be twice as long, so soothing are its textures.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This Barnum, Colo.–based ensemble led by Ryan Policky and Gabriel Ratliff know exactly how to build the sonic temples that provide shelter for all those enamored with the beauty and dense mysteries of shoegaze. Their fourth album, The Silent Sunrise, is a massive-sounding outing that features explorations into sounds first heard in the works of The Cure and Sisters of Mercy. A Shoreline Dream take those techniques and expand them into full-on dream-state compositions that earned earlier comparisons to Sigur Ros, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, and Slowdive. Yet, comparisons are only made to help potential listeners find this heavenly but low-key ensemble. In essence, there's little else like this album. Gorgeous and seemingly endless layers of sound guide the beauty of “King of Your Castles,” “Twice Removed,” “Break It Again,” and “As the Cold Moves In.” Vocals often hide to varying degrees underneath the phased, chorused, and otherwise manipulated guitars. The only complaint? At just 43 minutes, this album could be twice as long, so soothing are its textures.

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