Sunday, August 11, 2019

Like garden rock on high, "Wicked" by Perfect Blue exists in within a beautiful dense drone of sounds

From the onset, the track Wicked by Perfect Blue, a six piece band based out of Chicago, Illinois feels incredibly beautiful. The droning bending sounds washed out but moving forward with a formidable steady beat and bass feels like garden rock on high. Elaine Davis' vocal performance and sort of hippie rock aesthetic anchors it emotionally in some sort of organic sweep as if the song could exist in some acoustic realm despite the obvious need for electricity. Amid the synthesizers and electric guitars, there is a lot going on here (deceptively so) that create this dense fog including acoustc and electric pianos, organ, trombone, synth bass, backing vox, slide guitar, percussion and saxophones. 

I couldn't help but think of Mazzy Star the first time I heard it but Perfect Blue's sound is more noise rockish (without the noise and rock) in the sense that the overall sound is one, with the vocals buried / blended into the mix. I would like them more upfront but I get what is happening here and it is trippy and beautiful.

Robb Donker

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