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Ghost Colored Halo

by lovesliescrushing

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mulilu Super special & beautiful sound. Like nothing else. The only album I was able to concentrate & work with during some very troubling Corona days. I believe this album has a very high spiritual layer in it.
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VegetableEMPEROR I own albums that represent moments or are best played when experiencing a particular moment. For me, "Ghost Colored Halo" is the best album to choose when taking a summer drive to my old home. Lovesliescrushing is a bit of a nostalgic duo for me, so the feelings I get from the mood they present in their sound go well with how I feel returning to my old stomping grounds. Some people dream of the future, I dream of the past. LLC doesn't know me personally, but it's hard for me to tell at times. Favorite track: Blacklight Thundering Halo.
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rikm On Ghost Colored Halo, Loveliescrushing wraps the listener in a cocoon of pulsing reverb and droning guitars, creating a safe space for dreaming and floating. It's a heavy album, but also a warm and soothing one too, and if you give in to it you'll find that it's really quite beautiful.

Highly recommended...
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Nick Blissful ambient shoegaze Favorite track: Blemished Sunspot.
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Shane Turner Pure intertwining timbral magic that just gets better and better with every listen. The breathing, hypnagogic ambience contained within leaves room for lots of emotions without ever becoming stale or veering into condescension, making it a perfect aural blanket to wrap around my exhausted enbybrain during challenging times. One of the aurally richest ambient albums I have come across in a while, instant favorite.
Favorite track: all of them. On repeat.
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Ghost Colored Halo is the 10th lovesliescrushing release. Somewhere between My Bloody Valentine and ambient music, the duo of Scott Cortez and Melissa Arpin-Duimstra has been crafting lo-fi dreamscapes since the fall of 1991. Melissa's angelic vocals and voice fragments loop within a cavernous space upon Scott's cascading guitar waves of immense, billowing, ethereal, colorburst. Focused on radiant, glacial-paced, droning textures, the guitars and voices are manipulated to abstraction by pedals; Scott coaxes textures from his guitar to create long colorfield washes, polychromic drones, glitchy echoed loops, and minimal melodic passages while Melissa filters herself through echo boxes, truly playing her voice as instrument to infuse the tracks with glossolalic cascades.

Lovesliescrushing has finally nailed down their signature sound made famous on their 1993 debut bloweyelashwish. For over two decades, they have been sculpting sound designs from an array of vintage stompboxes, guitars, voices and analog 4 track tape machines. Scott and Melissa have not recorded 'together' in over a decade and Ghost Colored Halo marks their return to music making. What makes this sonic document unique is that it is recorded in one long take at Melissa's home. The tracks were done live, no overdubs, straight to analog tape. This is the first time they have worked in this way and it was Melissa's suggestion that they record in this manner, a departure from the usual method of recording music first and then adding vocals hours, days or years later. It was the right choice and will be the template for future work.

Wave upon wave of vocal exhalations echo within swirling colossi of guitar-generated haze. Melodic lines twinkle and blur amidst masses buried beneath thick layers of reverb, tape hiss, and warm overdriven fuzz.



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