Imperial Manor – “Birthday”


“Birthday” is a hazy ride through murky psych-rock, where Ari Shellist’s dazed vocals work seamlessly around steady percussion, a lush bass line, and psychedelic guitar workings. The whole effort has a ceaselessly hypnotic feel, with an ample lack in variation or departure from the initial construction lending an entrancing effect that’s especially worthwhile as his vocals fade out in the conclusion, amidst the chugging array of tripped-out rock instrumentation. It also recalls psych-tinged shoegaze in the murky, accompanying vocals and textural depth. Not much is known about the project, apart from the fact that it’s based in Columbia, Missouri, and this looks to be its first release.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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