The warm souls over at KEXP dropped a previously recorded session with Portland’s Blouse late last week, adding yet another gem to their collection. Blouse’s self-titled LP was released earlier this year via Captured Tracks and, in my eyes, has to be one of the most underrated releases to hit the indie scene over the past 9 months. The performance shown in its entirety below is intriguing in a multitude of ways, mainly being that it does not feature member Jacob Portrait (also of Unknown Mortal Orchestra) and was performed at a time when, according the lead singer Charlie Hilton, the band has only played live about 15 times. Despite the short list of rehearsals in front of breathing human beings, the group’s sound is pretty spot on with the album, especially during hit “Into Black”.
2. They Always Fly Away
3. Nights & Days
4. Into Black
Portland’s Blouse is a new band that has held our attention in 2012. See January’s Band to Watch post. Their brand of synth-heavy, shoegaze pop appears simultaneously ready for the dance club and your local indie rock venue. The fragile, breathy vocals of lead-singer Charlie Hilton provide an interesting contrast to the band’s danceable backbeat, built around the thump of Jacob Portrait’s bass. Below, catch a recent live clip of “They Always Fly Away” off the band’s debut, self-titled LP that dropped on Captured Tracks last November. Check out more pictures and info from Blouse’s session at Room 205.
Written by Rob Peoni