Monday, May 24, 2004

Dykehouse- Midrange
Ghostly International
a version to appear in

Going from an album of bleeps and blurps on the leftfield Planet Mu imprint to dark shoegaze pop with lovelorn, naive lyrics like "Now I'm chain smokin' 'cos my heart's broken" certainly defies convention. But Ghostly's Mike Dykehouse has done just that; on an Imac in his bedroom, no less. Midrange is an MBV/Jesus and Mary Chain-inspired album of layered guitars and electronics that walks the line between sing-along accessibility and experimentation. Highlights include "Burden of Proof," Kevin Shields' signature tremolo sound melded with beats and vocals reminscent of Depeche Mode, and "Chain Smoking," a thick, crunchy slice of summertime pop that won't leave your head anytime soon. (CJN)

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