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Nothing – Downward Years To Come

Nothing – Downward Years To Come

Downward Years To Come is the latest release from Philadelphia shoegazers Nothing, coming out on A389 Recordings. With label-mates Anne and bands such as Whirr, Night Sins, Chelsea Girl and Cold Cave it seems as though there’s a strong movement in the US of hardcore guys moving on to fresher pastures in the form of the British sounds of shoegaze and post punk. And they do it a lot better than any contemporary British bands.

Droning guitars lurch above feedback in opener The Dives (Lazarus In Ashes). Nicky Money’s vocals are whispered and pained creating a melancholic aura running throughout. Things pick up in the following tracks and it has an almost My Bloody Valentine-esque vibe with dreamy pop riffs glazed over misty soundscapes. The songs are at a faster tempo, the vocals are still whispered yet more coherent.

Final track The Rites Of Love And Death offers something completely different. This doesn’t sound too dissimilar to something Death In June would record. A sombre affair with acoustic guitars, subtle drums and warming tones. A fitting farewell to an a record that captures a journey of emotions.

Downward Years To Come is five tracks of shoegazing bliss. If you’re a fan of Slowdive, Ride, My Bloody Valentine or any of the classics then you’ll definitely be in to this.

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