Last Day Deaf is excited for the exclusive premiere of Car Crash Sisters‘ ‘Anne Louisse Of The Raging Seas‘. A Mexican quartet that combines alternative & grunge with dream pop & shoegaze. What? Yes, you read well, and probably this track is the perfect example of this ‘marriage’.
If it weren’t a Blackjack Illuminist Records‘ release, I would seriously wonder, if I pressed the wrong buttons (again) and got transferred in mid 90’s. But this is what the band’s singer had to state about this cool tune…
‘Anne Louisse Of The Raging Seas’:
The often rather gloomy topic of closure including the process of facing it vs. a seemingly uplifting album title like “Sundance Sea“ – it‘s not the only contrast that you will find when approaching the new album by Car Crash Sisters from Aquascalientes, Mexico.
The four-piece band has a knack for the ‘90s and combines roaring alternative guitars with the ethereal attitude of dream pop/shoegaze minus it‘s sedative character. Singer Kique knows when a song requires a raunchy, almost grungy voice, and the band knows how to write hooks whereas others fully rely on sound. But CCS songs embrace development. In the second half of each track the band opens up for a new round of either a surprising melody or an instrumental wall of sound. Take “Orange”: after two minutes of driven, crashing drums, flushes of flanger effects, it doesn’t slow down but offers a magnificent, almost peaceful guitar riff which is to die for, even more when Kique’s voice offers some softer aspects. Or the catchy first single “In Another World” which is getting increasingly hypnotic and intense, it includes female vocals by Alma, Kique’s wife.
However, highlighting single songs isn’t necessary when the whole album has an exemplary arc of suspense. You get a bunch of harmonic changes, sunny choruses, some dissonant guitars, howling feedback, tension – and ultimately: relief. Perfectly balanced 39 minutes from start to finish.
‘Sundance Sea’ was the name of a pre-historic epeiric sea that fully receded. Maybe, it’s a kind of closure, too?