Loveblind / Sleeping Visions (March 27, 2020)Germany flag                 Loveblind — Sleeping Visions   Loveblind / Sleeping Visions
♦✹♦    Debut Loveblindu představuje kapelu, která rodokmeny a vzdálenosti mezi svými členy bere nejen jako výzvu, ale i jako supersílu. Loveblind je kapela, která má jedinečné postavení. Disponuje zvláštním zvukem, pocházejícím výlučně od týmu individualit, které se mohou sebejistě spojit do soudržné skupiny. Přesto se nikdy nesetkali..., to je pravda, nikdy nebyli ve stejné místnosti! S pomocí moderních technologií však vytvářejí uvedené souvislé pouto tak, jak to umí jen skuteční hudebníci; s čistou kreativitou a mísením talentů a originality. Loveblind
Location: Hamburg, Germany, USA
Style: Shoegaze⁄  Dreampop
Album release: March 27, 2020
Record Label: Saint Marie Records
Duration:     44:19
01. War Planets   4:31
02. Sleeping Visions   4:04
03. Daydream   4:06
04. Goodbyes Without Goodbye   3:43
05. Mistress   4:27
06. Ice Song   4:02
07. White Piano Black Dress   4:08
08. Saturnine   3:59
09. A Strange Place   4:23
10. We Land   6:56
Neil Burkdoll  Guitar, Drums, Synth
Dorian Electrique  Vocals, Lyrics
Joshua Garman  Guitar, Drums, Synth
Wyatt Parkins  Guitar, Drums, Synth
Mikel Wegener  Bass, Drums
Recorded and performed by Loveblind
Mixed/Mastered by Steven Turek / Two~Rec Studio~Berlin
Saturnine written by Billy Corgan
Additional guitar on White Piano Black Dress by Elliott Frazier
Additional drums on Ice Song by Marcus Pieper Loveblind
→   While “international synthwave supergroup” is enough of a descriptor to turn some heads, Loveblind are all the more impressive for making music since 2017 without ever having been in the same room.
→   Spearheaded by Saint Marie Records owner Wyatt Parkins, the Texas~based label head initially joined forces with Joshua Garman of Florida’s Crash City Saints and soon tapped Germany~based vocalist and songwriter Dorian Electrique of Seasurfer fame for her strikingly icy vocals. Fellow Seasurfer member Mikel Wegener was brought on for bass and guitarist/drummer Neil Burkdoll of Florida’s Whimsical rounded out the lineup.
→   After years of incremental recording, file transfers, phone calls, video chats and constant Facebook chats, their upcoming debut album, Sleeping Visions, will be unveiled in March 2020 via Saint Marie.
→   Opening on the abrasively industrial “War Planets,” Loveblind aim and succeed in creating an album completely alien up against their previous bands. Where single “Daydream” fully lives up to its title in soaring dream pop, “White Piano Black Dress” (featuring Ringo Deathstarr’s Elliott Frazier) isn’t afraid to switch gears and careen towards earth with massive, shoegazing guitar work and chirpy synth percussion.
→   With Electrique’s vocals kept front and center guiding Sleeping Visions, its ten songs aim to interpret dreams with as much lucidity as our waking states, but Visions is far from a half~awake listen. If anything, Loveblind’s debut introduces a band that not only takes its members’ past pedigrees and distance as a challenge, but a superpower.
RYAN MARTIN on January 20, 2020 at 11:07 am