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Canvas – AIRIEL: Molten young lovers (Shelflife, 2017)

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Corrientes Emo-Shoegazers transitan este segundo trabajo de la banda de Chicago AIRIEL.

Airiel aren’t the most prolific band in the world, but when they do release something, it tends to be big and ambitious. Molten Young Lovers is only the Chicago-based dream pop group’s second proper full-length since forming in the late ’90s, and that doesn’t include a four-part series of Winks & KissesEPs, each of which contains an epic track hovering around the ten-minute mark. Like 2007’s The Battle of Sealand, Molten Young Lovers is about an hour long, and with the exception of one slower, chorus-free mood piece (“Mind Furnace”), the songs are expansive and anthemic, expressing big emotions and filling the sonic canvas with vast, enveloping washes of sound and busy, propulsive drums. While the overall sound of the group seems chiefly influenced by British groups like Kitchens of Distinction, Ride, Swervedriver, and most likely the Stone Roses, Jeremy Wrenn‘s wistful lyrics and vocal style also bring to mind Bob Mould (in most of his many iterations), and songs like “You Sweet Talker” are a seamless mesh of British and American indie rock sensibilities. On tracks like the opener, “This Is Permanent,” Airiel construct a heavy, voluminous wall of blown-out guitar feedback, but they don’t let it overpower the rhythm section, and certainly not the heart-on-sleeve lyrics, which seem just as likely to resonate with fans of the 2010s emo revival as with lovers of indie pop and shoegaze. Apart from the more urgent, driving tracks, there are plenty of sad, sparkling ones, such as the heart-crushing sway of “Song of You” and the downcast drift-disco of “Cloudburst.” Perhaps best of all is “Sharron Apple,” a splash of ecstatic pop that peaks with a drawn-out “I love you” chorus. Airielhave never shied away from romanticism, but Molten Young Lovers seems like their most direct, passionate statement yet” (All Music)

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3 junio, 2018 Posted by | Airiel | Deja un comentario

Airiel: Kid games (Shelflife, 2012)

It’s loud. It’s pretty. You can dance to it. We’re from Chicago, USA“. Así es como Airiel se autodefinen a sí mismos, escuetamente, en su Facebook. Lo cierto es que tampoco hay que ir mucho más allá. Airiel son (hoy en día) una formación de cuatro miembros estables que factura un sonido absolutamente ensoñador. Si pudiéramos dar un perfecto ejemplo de qué es el Dream-Pop, podríamos ilustrarlo con Funerals, el tema que abre este Kid Games, el último lanzamiento discográfico de esta perezosa banda que comenzó siendo el proyecto unipersonal de Jeremy Wrenn y su caja de ritmos. Sonidos absolutamente ensoñadores, teclados en un primerísimo plano, voces casi perdidas en el conjunto, guitarras lo suficientemente lejanas para que apenas puedan ser oídas… Toda una delicia para los auténticos degustadores del Shoegaze más envolvente y dulzón.
“With all due respect to The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and Ringo Deathstarr and others, the band that signaled the resurgence of shoegaze for me was Airiel. The Battle Of Sealand, the band’s debut full-length re-opened my ears to the vast soundscapes left most unheard for a decade. There were a lot of up-tempo tracks that, god help me, made me want to dance…mostly in the car, in front of perfect strangers. Kid Games, along with being a four song EP, is a return to the form of their four EP set, Winks & Kisses but informed with the advances in sound made on their full length. Principal songwriter, vocalist, guitarist, and only original member Jeremy Wrenn takes us on a brief but wonderful journey. The songs are wall-to-wall pensive beauty. “Funerals,” alternately hushes and soars all over a rich, almost orchestral layer. The music of “Flashlight Tag,” is every bit as playful as the title would suggest. The final song, “Daydreamer”, almost hits it too far on the nose. The style of shoegaze always invokes the feeling of a dream. The track itself, though, is the apex of the EP. It is wistful and busy, the hallmarks of the genre.
It had been a long five years, waiting for any release from Airiel, and this has not been a disappointment. Would a full-length be preferable? Yes, but in this case, quality trumps quantity. Kid Games may not break new ground but it is a pleasure” (

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31 agosto, 2012 Posted by | Airiel | 1 comentario


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