Tuesday 11 March 2014

Shoreline Is - Life

Single review by soul1@thesoundofconfusion.com

Dortmund's Shoreline Is make indiepop-style music. Nothing unusual in that you might think, and on the whole you'd be right. But listening to the start of the Germans' new single 'Life' it's nearly impossible to gauge where they're headed. Those bubbling few seconds of (possibly) synth could be leading into some kind of minimalist electronica, a post-rock soundscape or even a club banger. This element of the song doesn't disappear, but very shortly it's joined by drums and guitar and that familiar guitar-pop sound, the one that many of your favourite bands will probably have used. With the use of some electronics and a very layered sound like this, there is an element of dreampop or even shoegaze about what they do, but it's a pop song at heart.

Unless you're aiming for ambience alone, then you're going to need some melody, and Shoreline Is aren't left wanting in that department. This is foot-tappingly vibrant and brings with it a sunny disposition. The guitar solo brings an extra shimmery effect too, just to add to the magic. The band are currently working on their second album which will hopefully be ready for April, and if it contains more songs like this then they could easily pick up where bands like The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart or Wild Nothing and maybe even The Pastels left off. They have the sound, the songs and just enough inventiveness to leave a dent on impact. So watch this space.

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