Artist: The Virgance
Label: Self-released, 2015
The Virgance, post-rock/shoegaze/dreampop unit comes up with the latest album ‘Hiko Shrine’. I wrote about their previous album, so this is very interesting to me writing about this band again. ‘Hiko Shrine’ is nine instrumental songs album and opened with ‘Propulsion Lab Part 1’, a song with strong dreampop atmosphere over a poppy drumbeat, which is quite unique if compared to the rest of their post-rock alike songs.
However, still, tracks like ‘Airsick’, ‘Interceptors’, or ‘Propulsion Lab Part 1’ are where you can find the normal version of The Virgance: driven guitar with hazy sound layer and monotonic drumbeat. The new thing about this album is the addition of ambience, like you can hear on ‘Mobius Strip’, ‘Eos and Astareus’, or ‘Slingshot’. It makes the album fresh, or we can say, provide an innovation after the previous one. They get their music out from what they ever did before and make an exploration on how the define post-rock/shoegaze. The result is good and interesting. This album is as bright as the light on its cover artwork.
You can stream or download the album here and also like their page.