A classic mid-90s release in the shoegazer genre
“this tucson duo has that deep, crisp, loud, soft, fuzzy, simple, complex, plethoric, sound.”
A beautiful wrestling of ethereal noise, Lovesliescrushing emerged in the early 90s as America’s answer to Britain’s My Bloody Valentine and the nascent shoegazer scene. LLC’s first two Projekt releases of captivating low-fi sonic atmospheres invoked a tangled palette of noisy guitar textures, frenzied distortion and longing ethereal vocals. From milky softness to a blasting metallic roar, instrumentalist Scott Cortez took the shoegaze genre to its furthest regions, far removed from song-structured pop. On these two albums, Lovesliescrushing originated a sound still reckoned with today.
Projekt reissues LLC’s 1993 debut bloweyelashwish and the 1996 follow-up xuvetyn.
Post-punk.com 2018: Definitive Dreaminess: 100 Essential Dream Pop Releases. This criminally overlooked duo’s debut album is a true masterpiece of atmosphere. At its core, bloweyelashwish is the graceful interplay of heavily reverbed guitar and angelic vocals conveyed through a tangled palette of genres (shoegaze, noise pop, ambient, drone). The concept is elevated to breathtaking heights through a haunting combination of lo-fi soundscapes, abstract layers, atonal droning, and heavily processed noise passages – and the results are nothing short of otherworldly. Captivating and occasionally unsettling, these songs come through like ghostly transmissions from another dimension.
A beautiful wrestling of noise… a combination of Melissa’s ethereal vocals and Scott’s saturated, overloaded distortion wrestled from his 12-string guitar. The resulting “ethereal noise” is chaotic and innovative… gritty, choppy, stunning and beautiful. A sound that captures the sensation of falling, floating on a wave of sounds bleeding into one another like staining watercolors.
All Music Guide: The amount of bands My Bloody Valentine inspired (and sometimes more than inspired) throughout the ’90s is near endless, but there’s no question that some took that inspiration to a better place than others. Lovesliescrushing easily took it to one of the best; with all the chaotic yet beautiful frenzy of Kevin Shields at his most creative, yet with its own mysterious, dreamy goth air, the duo created an amazing sonic bomb with Bloweyelashwish. Using only a four-track recorder, multi-instrumentalist (and Cocteau Twins-inspired art designer) Cortez whipped a frenetic, echoed, and howling mass of feedback and noise at once terrifying and terrifyingly pretty, with only the occasional fragment like “Teardrop” and “Butterfly” hinting at calmer waters. Moments like the opening stuttering chug of “Iwantyou,” his voice serenely intoning the titular wish over the noise, the sprawl of “Plume,” and the heartbreaking chime and surge of “Sugaredglowing” are just three of the many strong points. The female singer here is listed as Isabel rather than Melissa Arpin, but whoever is singing adds the right sort of disoriented vocal glaze in the duets familiar — unsurprisingly — from Shields and Bilinda Butcher. On her own, as “Moinaexquisitewallflower” and other songs show, she more than holds her evocative own. Perhaps the real sign that Lovesliescrushing has something is that it’s even more gone than MBV — many songs don’t even make the simplest concession to pop hooks, swathed in candy-colored noise that’s not unfriendly to the ear, but not conventionally hooky at all, as “Burst” and “Crushing” clearly demonstrate. It’s a marvelous testament to both performers’ abilities, but especially Cortez’s astounding way to make everything sound just perfectly right, that Bloweyelashwish can easily rival Loveless when it comes to thick, evocative music seemingly heard through antique glass, strange and beautiful. – Ned Raggett