Cerise could be the new maudlin indie darling. With her first full album Smoke Screen Dreams having been released in June, Cerise is filling a sound void many indie fans didn’t know they’d missed: feedback driven depresso-rock. With lashings of Sonic Youth, Liz Phair, Mazzy Star and Hole, Cerise’s newest single off the album, “To Go Away”, blends the best of 90s indie with her own unique style.
“To Go Away” opens with a rickety-sounding guitar, classic punk 3-chord style. Her vocals come in smooth and soft but definitively monotonous. She names Bauhaus as one of her earlier influences, so this would explain the technique, but her vocal timbre is something more like a tired Liz Phair or a less angry Courtney Love. The extraordinary piece of this track, however, comes in the form of the awesome guitar work. Once the lazy punk stuff backs off, the listener is treated to a feedback feast which hearkens back to the days of Sonic Youth or Hum.
“To Go Away” and the other singles on Smoke Screen Dreams will be very gratifying to GenXers who miss this kind of slow, sleepy, experimental punk. It will also introduce a whole new generation to the joys of guitar feedback and black eyeliner music. Check out the video for “To Go Away” below, and stream or buy Smoke Screen Dreams on Cerise’s Bandcamp page.
Written by Layla Marino
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