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by Lovesliescrushing

a synthesis of processed ambient gloss and lo-fi grit, creating a digital-analog hybrid that Scott terms 'glitch-bliss'.
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1. Glixen
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2. Riuj
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3. Sovfx
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4. Teguei
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Album Notes
On their most recent album, Voirshn, Lovesliescrushing (one of the few remaining representatives of the 'shoegazer' genre) continues their trend further from the traditional rock elements that characterized earlier dream pop bands. From the beginning, instrumentalist Scott Cortez and vocalist Melissa Arpin distanced themselves from the genre by rejecting conventional song stuctures in favor of an intensified version of the meandering sound that was forcefully inaugurated by MBV's classic Loveless. In Lovesliescrushing, this aesthetic has gradually approached pure ambience. Nevertheless, their typically warm guitars counterveil this tendency even with the absence of percussion and song structure. On Voirshn, their 4th recording, both are either minimal or entirely absent; wordless female vocals drift in and out while 'electronic beats' - guitarnoise softened by semi-lo-fi production - occasionally interrupt a wash of guitar. Although consistent in style, the album avoids sounding like one continuous song through adequately diverse guitar sounds ranging from the lush vibrant tone of the opening track 'glixen' to the subdued quasi-detatched feel of 'sovfx'. Overall, Lovesliescrushing continues to exist between the worlds of shoegazer and ambience, although the ascendant former has once again conceded to the latter. This is pure glitch-bliss.

Lovesliescrushing. [Voirshn] is a synthesis of processed ambient gloss and lo-fi grit, creating a digital-analog hybrid that Scott terms 'glitch-bliss'. Songs were compiled from a palette of sonorities extrapolated from a collection of voice and guitars, warped into rumbling subsonics, staticblast hiss, hazy chord clusters, extended infinite tone loops, melody spirals, avian-like whistles, glistening overtones, voices cut-up into splintered fragments, thoughtforms suspended over warm tonesheets like a ghost cloud, indistinct and luminous. Still eschewing bass and drums, rhythmic elements are culled from filtered guitar tones mutated into stroboscopic pulsations and digital dust clickings. Once again guitardamage is wrought upon six-strings, manipulated, deconstructed, reassembled to create bloodrush pulses reminiscent of a softly humming embryonic landscape of digitized lullabies.



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heaven in your speakers
Voirshn seems abit distanced from the other LLC releases. Less emphasis on straight guitar sounds but much more on subtle strokes of voices and glitches. By far, this is my favourite LLC as it feels more like a complete album for self hypnosis, having breakfast and reading books about reading books.

komakino fanzine

ethereal borealis guitarnoise enchanted by seraphic female vocals.
Ask me the name of a Band, closest as ever to the Bliss-form of Music, and contemporaneously graced of the sparkle, and my answer will be Lovesliescrushing, Voirshn, album of Pure Bliss and last chapter for instrumentalist Scott Cortez and seraphic Melissa Arpin. No hesitation. Here, more than on former releases, They have walked the line of traditional song form, to step into hypnagogical state of dreampop vibrato, where percussions and chorus-verse-chorus are totally absent, fully replaced by ethereal borealis guitarnoise washies, filtered sounds, infinite loops, and wordless whispered vocals which gently shift the stars in a continuous fragmented embryonic time-space. The risk is You got completly swallowed into this deep sea of dreams and pre-life memories, with mesmerising angels capturing sounds and luminous mutations of nature.. Riuj's glitch bliss, Sovfx' elevation, Ckaif's calm breathing, are just a few examples of this special melt of instrinsic ambience and shoegaze, Image of Seefeel, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, and the next fragment to place an end to the word end is Lovesliescrushing.

Michael Dilliott

Beautiful layers of creamy noise.
This is the album that would play if a heavenly prescence were to visit (not the biblical one, but probably some kind of angelic reverred figurine). The glitchy pops and percussive interludes that texture the disc are lively and both unexpected and welcome simultaneously. The vocals are soothing and beautiful, and the guitars are layered, creamy and very ethereal. The entire piece sounds like it was recorded in a reverb chamber, or lots and lots of churches all at once. Truly a beautiful and innovative work.