Mini Dresses | Three EP

Mini Dresses released a pretty lo-fi five-song EP today entitled “Three”. They said this record takes its cues from a few of their favorite bands, which includes Slowdive, Should, Cleaners from Venus, and Flying Nun. For some groups it takes awhile to find a pointed sound they’re comfortable with, working to create songs that aren’t repetitious, but still retain a familiar touch so a record doesn’t seem variegated. They’ve certainly hit upon the right key. Each of these five tracks has a shrouded feel to it, whether it’s the sunken, roughed-up mono-like sound of the lead vocals, or the hazy lightness of the tone of the music that feels like the songs should be played a daybreak. There are hints of other groups as well as those that Mini Dresses mentions. Maybe a kind of slower garage-band Lush. Some of the record’s prettiest moments are the short, gentle guitar reverberations. They’re exceptionally crafted to the mood of each song. For an example, listen to the closing of “Strangers”. But for my tastes, the best track may be the last one, “Other Ones”. The production level seems better, louder and clearer than the other songs, and the echoing vocals play well against the ambient guitar — reminiscent of School of Seven Bells and/or Reverie Sound Revue. It’s a stunningly beautiful, wispy song centering around the lyrics, “Don’t let me go” and “Time is running out.” Follow Mini Dresses on facebook.  — David D. Robbins Jr.

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