Blush Response – Telltale

Blush Response are a dreamy nu-gaze band/project/whatever from Adelaide. Listening to his brand of light vs heavy, reverb-porn it’s hard to imagine this dude is making music in the same city as Bad//Dreems and Tkay Maidza. We’ve already dealt with a shoegaze band in today’s zine, so I’ve already used up all the good words to describe this sorta music so this one’s gonna be considerably shorter. Sorry Blush Response – don’t think for a second that this means that we didn’t bloody love Telltale!

In terms of sound, Blush Response has two speeds – ’08 popgaze and Loveless. Opener (Not In It) For Love and closer Telltale are equally at home in this current 90’s revival as they would have been had this EP been released about six or seven years ago as a response to stuff like Silversun Pickups or Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. It’s an interesting sound on these two tracks, which is really difficult to put into words. In sounding like both the original gaze stuff from the 90’s as well as the more recent stuff, it’s interesting to see what is left over – notably the krautrock drumbeats that were all over nu-gaze and more familiar sharp definitions between clean/dirty rather than loud/louder.

blush responseAdelaide’s dreamy Blush Response are obviously My Bloody Valentine fans, as are we. Telltale is a walk down nu-wave memory lane.

The middle two songs on Telltale are ripped straight from that iconic 1991 pink sleeve, Without A Sound seeming to take the intro from Only Shallow and importing a slowmo version of I Only Said. What’s In A Name however manages to take us to a space about as poetic and calm as a shoegaze track can get, taking enormous textural influence from Sometimes, but pushing the combination of fuzz drone and acoustic guitar to the far end of each tonal spectrum. Artistically, the two tracks are amazing – produced to a tee and constructed beautifully, but they seem more like a Loveless fanfiction than something wholly original.

But hell, if guys like Blush Response keep producing EPs this good and this faithful to that particular sound, there’s no reason to think that the sound is going to go away. Every time the sounds of the 60’s or the 90’s come around and make bands seem cool again to teenagers, there will always be a kid who wants be douchier than the rest of his high school. While every 14 year old shares fake Kurt Cobain quotes on their Instagram, you can live in hope that somewhere, somehow, a kid is discovering the scene that celebrated itself, and we can only hope his parents will hate it.



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