Bleach Lab: Nothing Feels Real (Self-released) – review

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Bleach laboratory

Nothing seems real

Self-liberated

October 19, 2021
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Bleach Lab’s decision to work with iconic producer Stephen Street to produce their second EP, Nothing seems real, has certainly paid off as the band expands their already shimmering cinematic sound to dizzying new heights of sonic grandeur. Their first EP, A calm sense of the environment, dealt with the hammer blows of grief and mourning and demonstrated the band’s ability to write substantive music that can move, inspire and comfort. Nothing seems real isn’t a concept EP in the way their debut was, but it still exudes a gorgeous languid beauty, with Street’s subtle and nuanced production adding just the right amount of polish to the overall Bleach Lab sound. Jenna Kyle’s graceful vocals exude a bruised sort of nobility while Frank Wates’ corusante guitar flourishes brighten up each track and add a shimmering sense of grandeur to the debates.

“Real Thing” recalls The Sundays circa Reading, writing and calculating, a comparative touchstone that saw Bleach Lab admit that until recently they had never heard of The Sundays. But they were flattered enough and impressed enough to lean into this comparison lightly to see where it took them, while still maintaining their own unique take on things.

The previous single, the beautifully contemplative “Talk It Out” sees Kyle tackling sanity and overcoming toxic relationships, while the moving “Violet Light” with its sweet Johnny Marr-style guitar jangle was written by the bassist. Josh Longman reflecting on his father’s death. In press notes, Longman says of the trail that “during the lockdown I went to live with my mom because otherwise we would both have been alone. I think the idea of ​​writing a song entirely about [my father] came to me during this time as I was digging up old family photos. I think this track really helped me get over a lot of things that I thought maybe I would never talk about. Nothing seems real as an EP track, that’s definitely how I would describe the situation I found myself in.

“Inside My Mind” sits somewhere between Mazzy Star and The Cranberries, imbued with languid grace and thoughtful beauty. The EP ends with “Then I Know” and gives the feeling that perhaps learning from the past in terms of dating could lead to healthier results. It’s a well done EP, full of elegance and imbued with the quiet dignity of a band that possesses an ability to hypnotize the listener without resorting to gimmicks or artifices. And that’s thanks in large part to the sublime quality of Bleach Lab’s music, which comes from a very real place. (www.bleachlab.com)

Author’s Note: 8/ten

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