Posted April 22, 2015 by Mike Mineo in Dream-Pop + Shoegaze

Starar – “Talisman”

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Immediately, “Talisman” soothes listeners with waves of warm, gauzy guitars. Combined with the near-cooing of the vocals’ fragile touch, the gorgeously mysterious atmosphere is quickly and effectively concocted. As far as melodic hooks, which the atmospheric shoegaze/dream-pop genre has the ability to churn out with awe-inspiring beauty, the guitar transitions from 00:50 to 01:10 are lovable examples — particularly the twangs at 01:00 and 01:10. Comparisons to My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive are enjoyably evident. The dream-pop/shoegaze/alt-rock fusion is masterfully captured here, resulting in a track that really makes me look forward to whatever else the sibling duo from Lincolnshire & London has in store.

Also recommended from the duo is the more synth-driven “Guess My Heart”, which shows shades of Prefab Sprout in its ’80s-loving smorgasbord of melodic sounds. It’s equally outstanding despite being a completely different style from “Talisman”, really showcasing the duo’s stylistically eclectic reach:

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I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound. I used to write for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine. Send your music to [email protected].