Blushing’s promising 2017 debut left listeners with a lingering taste in their mouth and an eager need for more from the Austin dream-pop quartet. Now, an anticipatory year-long wait for their fan base later, the shoegaze pair of spouses return to soothe that yearning ache with a kiss on the forehead and a blissed-out sophomore follow-up, Weak.
Recorded at Bad Wolf Recordings and released via Austin Town Hall Records, the five-track EP paints a lucid soundscape of dreamy, atmospheric pop splashed with ambient waves of subtle psychedelia. The title track warms up with a stretch from Christina Carmona’s seraphic lead vocals before bursting into a radiant foray of sparkling instrumentals.
The velvety harmonies cascade over guitarist Noe Carmona’s anthemic, 80’s-esque pop chords enveloping the listener within a state of tranquility. ‘Hidden Places’ represents Blushing’s sharpest songwriting to date with its subliminal yet captivating chorus wrapped tightly with spiraling guitar chords and shattering percussion that rains over the track’s colorful crescendo.
My favorite, ‘Bliss’, is more of a smooth and starry voyage that floats effortlessly atop the tides of Noe’s strings while ‘Bound’ showcases a slightly grungier, indie-rock edge to Blushing – an incredible dynamic that shows no limits. This is also the track where Christina’s vocal range is best displayed through a catchy fluctuation within her serene timbre but Michelle Soto introduces the album’s finale with a chunky bassline that spawns the most uplifting track of the album. ‘Love You Twice’ is a golden track with positivity radiating out from within to finish the album.
There’s no wasted space within Weak’s dreamy ambiance. The hypnotic vocals and effervescent melodies are immersive without being heavy or over-saturated. It’s a calm, cool and confident sophomore project that just like the first, will leave listeners craving more shoegaze from Blushing.
Weak is now available digitally, on cassette and 12” vinyl. Blushing held the official Weak release party on a night dedicated to ‘friendship’ at Cheer Up Charlies with special guests Ringo Deathstarr, All in the Golden Afternoon and Single Lash
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Words: Douglas Leach
Photography: Wylie Sanchez @coyotebeardproductions