58114951_351625428814044_3540246477286670336_n.jpgWell, that’s a practical idea, naming your e.p.to align with your given musical pigeon hole. Here it works, nicely odd, wonderfully non-conformist and slightly reminiscent of Cocteau Twins often grandiose song titles. I’m not sure that it will catch on, I’m not sure I would want it to, that would take all the fun out of such a lateral thinking approach but if the next Nickelback album is called “unimaginative, lumpy Zep-tallica rip offs” or Mumford and Sons release “Middle class thrashy crashy banjo songs” then you know where to point the finger for instigating such a titular trend.

Dream-pop is a term that covers a lot of distance, from drifty, ambient moodscaping to more solid indie and pop that has had its edges softened and it is certainly to the latter end of the sonic spectrum that Lespectre lean. These songs are the perfect balance of solid structure, hooky riffs and infectious melodies, and intricate weaves of musical texture, deft half-heard musical motifs, clever grace notes and gossamer and gilded inclusions. The result is a slightly otherworldly take on indie-pop, the perfect mix of grace and groove, melody and mood, weight and weave.

Thirty Fathoms Deep is a gloriously chiming pastoral pop piece linking the sound of some of the smarter end of the new pop and post-punk sounds that made the eighties such an interesting time with a wonderfully here and now blend today’s indie underground. And sounding more than a little like the most chilled spot on the Scandic-Pop block. Sleep, While I is an achingly gorgeous swirl of gentle majesty and then at the more substantive end of things opening salvo Read Me The Last Line is built of hypnotic rhythms that explode into shimmering riffs and If on a Winter’s Night… is a slowly stomping dance groove bedecked in strange peripheral sounds and sumptuous vocals.

So it literally does what it says on the tin. Atmospheric? Certainly. Dream-pop? Very much so. Bristol? That makes sense. Although often overlooked by scene makers trying to join dots of fad and fashion, Bristol has long been a main player in all manner of cutting edge movements from experimental punk to trip-hop to post-rock and beyond. And now the city can add Dream-pop to the list, for this is the sort of music that could very well finding itself leading a musical charge. Fingers crossed.