RIYL: Dream pop, wave, library music, German Krautrock to 60s psych

Label: Fire Records

Really nice to see a new full length from Death and Vanilla after some soundtrack works. The first single “A Flaw In The Iris” is a return to their melancholic pop songs from the first record. It’s very soft and gentle. Don’t look further, if you miss soft guitar driven dream pop like Broadcast or Beach House with an edge.

The Details

The trio’s love of all things “old” is well known – they’ve tinkled ivories, played vibraphone, recorded with a Sennheiser microphone and a nod to everything from Fun Boy Three to Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Contonou, while still roaming somewhere between an ambient Eno and Cocteau Twins at a late-night soiree.

Prior to recording their new album ‘Are You A Dreamer?’, they scored several soundtracks, that process undoubtedly influencing the new album’s dreamlike euphoria built with added mellotron and affected electric guitar. Expanded with bass and drums in their quest for the grail, Death And Vanilla’s songs are longer; more plush and pampered; more hypnotic and haunting.

‘Are You A Dreamer?’ is melancholy at its most refined, riddled with super-memorable motifs and melodies that nestle in reflective echo. Death And Vanilla are an alluring confection, hard to resist and wantonly moreish as Marleen Nilsson’s sepia tones are embraced by the trio’s gorgeous arrangements and intricate ambience.

Price $26

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