In trawling through Hype Machine to try and find the best tracks to soundtrack and defeat a pathetic bout of glandular fever, I believe I’ve found hidden treasure. This is wanderhouse, an absolutely astounding duo from LA that make music entirely new to me.
Released five months back, ‘Use Me Up’ was the first release from the pair, and I’m ashamed to say it totally passed me by at the time. What an unforgivable error. This track is pure gold. Oh my life. I’m in love. Etc. The fact is that this track, for me, goes beyond superlatives, beyond reaction; it is an escape to a blissed out state that exists outside of pretentious bullshit journalism. In terms of sheer arrangement, the track jitters and hops through a minimalist, dreamy plot, with the focus drawn always to Marie Moreshead’s delicate, daring vocal. It may not be a surprise to know that Dr Rosen Rosen, the other half of wanderhouse, is best known for his work with Meg Myers, with the same pop sensibilities addressed and challenged on the track.
It’s very tricky to find any particular comparisons, though I can see elements of both Grimes and The xx. Fans of MBMB favourites Seasfire will also take a lot from the duo. The only consistency is an appreciation of genuine quality. The track that has thrown wanderhouse back into the blogosphere of late is their glorious cover of Ellie Goulding’s ‘Lights’. Anything that I say can only influence the track adversely, so please just sit and luxuriate in a sound that, for this brief moment, is perfection.
It’s spooky, it’s eerie, and it’s as relevant as Halloween is going to get for us.
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