Last Leaf Down – Bright Wide Colder (2017)

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Delivering one of the dreamiest releases of 2017, today we have Last Leaf Down and their latest release “Bright Wide Colder”. Brilliantly combining Shoegaze with Depresive/Atmospheric/Post Rock elements, the band manages to produce 13 mesmerizing tracks that will hypnotize you for the duration of this release. If you like bands like Katatonia, Slowdive, Alcest and Les Discrets, this is definitely an album you don’t want to miss.

Opening with “Purple Skies”, the band sets a very atmospheric mood with dreamy guitars and emotional clean vocals. This mellow mood is nicely continued by excellent tracks like “Ghost Trails”, “Blind Mind”, and the cathartic “Deaf Heart”. The band does a brilliant job in crafting unique songs filled with melancholy and superbly catchy moments.

As the album continues with the mesmerizing “The Path”, we are instantly remembered of Alcest and Katatonia at the same time, a not so shabby comparison that many bands would definitely envy. Vocalist/Guitarist Benjamin Schenk has a very soothing voice that perfectly fits the mood of tracks like “Cold Wind” and “Existence”, two of our favorite songs. Invoking their inner Mogwai “Suspire” is one hell of a rollercoaster ride, while “Not the Same” delivers some nice heavier passages.

Creating songs as a very well-oiled machine allows Last Leaf Down to close the release with standout tracks like “Dust”, “Youth” and “Transcend”. The band has considerably improved since their move to Shoegaze territories and this album shows how refined their sound currently is. With “Bright Wide Colder” the band manages to capture the listener’s attention since the first song and immerses them into their unique atmospheric world.

Band: Last Leaf Down Album: Bright Wide Colder

Label: LifeForce Records

Release: March 31st, 2017

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Genre: Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Depressive Rock

Country: Switzerland

Rating: 89/100
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