Well sometimes the name just fits. Sounding dark, gloomy and yes, miserable, former Whirr singer Kristina Esfandiari looks to pound your eardrums with some plodding and riff-heavy noise on this four song EP. Beautifully haunting, listen sparingly or risk spiraling down into your own personal cold, dark space.

The Details

Kristina Esfandiari is Miserable. Former vocalist of Bay Area shoegazers, Whirr, Kristina writes and performs a brand of moving and evocative music that oozes with nostalgia – and the Halloween Dream EP is no different. Over the course of four tracks, Esfandiari’s powerful voice and poignant compositions swell into soundscapes both haunting and wistful.

Building on the momentum of her Run For Cover-issued 7-inch split with PA’s Grey Zine, Halloween Dream finds Kristina experimenting with muscular riffs ("Bell Jar") and sparse instrumentation ("Spinning") – new territory for the songwriter, but seemingly comfortable all the same.

Halloween Dream, Miserable's first release with The Native Sound will be available on February 18th as both a digital download and on a limited edition, hand-numbered Ultra Clear 7-inch with Gold Haze. The 7-inch will come housed in a full-color double-sided folder, black inner-sleeve, and poly-bag.

All purchases include a digital download of the release.

Please note: This is a pre-order. It will ship along with all items in your order, on or around the release date.


[on "Halloween Dream"] "a crashing epic that exposes the beauty in widescreen destruction."
– Spin

"... far more harrowing than anything Whirr kicked out. It starts out a bit like Deftones at their most lugubrious, all celestial moans and molasses strums, but it steadily builds into to a frightening beast of a song with tumultuous low end that will make you wonder if the earth has opened up beneath you and you’re falling into hell."
– Stereogum

"Bell Jar is quite possibly her strongest solo track to date. It sounds as depressing as the Sylvia Plath novel it shares a name with, starting out not unlike the dark folk she recorded as King Woman, but building into big metallic shoegaze and ending with the reverbed screams that helped make Deafheaven such a memorable name in heavy music this past year."
– Brooklyn Vegan

Pressing Information

Ultra Clear w/ Gold Haze – 300, Hand-numbered

Price $7

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