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  • Mixmag Staff
  • 9 September 2016
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Blue States 'Restless Spheres' (Memphis Industries)

Following the millennium, it looked as if Andy Dragazis’s Blue States were going to cross over. He signed to XL, released critically lauded albums and had a song featured heavily in the film 28 Days Later. But in 2007 things went quiet. The period since is referred to by ‘Cable Ties’ and ‘Hiatus’, both laced with sadness. There’s a sense of lost possibilities throughout, bathed in sun-hazed pastoralism, accentuated by sweet feminine vocals (except on the psyche-prog ‘Beyond The White Light’, which features a male at the mic). Mixing organic instrumentation, such as the ethereal guitar of ‘Vision Trail’, this album laces its cuddliness with melancholy.

7/10

 
 
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