The album opens with 'Arthur And Linda', a slow, gloomy pop song that immediately sets the tone for the whole thing. Slowdive comes to mind. The Cure too. Joy Division maybe. But also Tycho and even Massive Attack. So yes, I think we're in for a varied ride along a number of sad songs. 'It's Always As It Always Is' somehow reminds me of Dead Can Dance while 'The Last King of Rome' feels like it could have been written by Archive.
By now, we're four songs into the album and it's definitely growing on me. But there's more. 'Ettore and Adele' sounds like the love child of Trentemöller and Cocteau Twins. It's one of my favorites on this album, a slowly lingering ambient pop song with dreamy vocals. Then, there are a few minimal beauties, like the folky 'Tarentella', followed by a slow trip hop tune in 'The Manuscript'.
In all, this is a remarkable album, one I will definitely recommend to all dreampop and shoegaze fans. It's sad, it's loaded with melancholy but it's also varied and it will will pleasantly surprise you numerous of times. So check it out while I add the songs to my day-to-day playlist. I will be listening to these tunes for a long time from now on.