Feminine – Lorelei
Feminine’s “Lorelei” weaves together lovely lyricism and lush melodies into a dreamy kind of shoegaze. Blurred beauty radiates from the pieces as the entire band seems to be coming from such a far-off distance. Such an approach results in a sense of grandeur that comes to define the album. Downright blissful the songs teem with life courtesy of the careful colors used throughout. Attention to detail results in psychedelic swirls of sound, backwards samples, symphonies of synthesizers, and a sense of tenderness which ties everything together.
Things start in a delirious swirl of sound on the fantastic opener “Green eyes go wild”. At first light and airy the song eventually bursts forth in fervent color by its gorgeous finale. More rock-orientated in spirit is the spirited performance of “Sun”. Loose rhythms define one of the album highlights, the gentle “Honeyhunters”. Bombastic in scope with a driving tribal rhythm is the nimble work of “Mohican”. Easily the highlight of the album “Mohican” recalls the best of early Arcade Fire, as a sense of tragedy and despair reign supreme over the song. Neon-hued is the luxuriant atmosphere of “Our Sleep”. Full of anticipation is the giddy work of “Coral Face”. Bringing the album to a joyful close is the introspective work of “Sacred Stones” ending the album off on the perfect note.
Downright beautiful, Feminine’s “Lorelei” is a passionately felt piece of work, one whose arrangements linger in the mind long after they are over.