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My Gold Mask, Anxious Utopia (Moon Sounds Records)




My Gold Mask, Anxious Utopia (Moon Sounds Records)
CD Reviews: March 31, 2016

03/31/16
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 My Gold Mask, Anxious Utopia (Moon Sounds Records)

A can’t-miss if you have even the smallest trace amounts of goth in your chromosomes. This Chicago trio offers a fusion of Golden Filter, Gwen Stefani and Birthday Massacre, conjuring images that aren’t so much misty-spooky as they are android-wetwork-graveyard. 1980s-synthpop grooves abound, but singer Gretta Rochelle’s Kesha-like oh-oh-ohs in “Insomnia” and Gwen-inspired bee-stung apathy everywhere else helps set this apart from the legions of bored 20something bands working to emulate Siouxsie just because they’ve run out of interesting binge shows on Netflix. And unlike Golden Filter, they don’t sparsely spread the good stuff around; they’ve got plenty of good ideas that came up during off-mike jams (which is how bands used to write stuff – there oughtta be a law), and thus we not only get a bunch of great, logically constructed songs but also an occasional flash of non-glitch-dependent subtlety, for instance the midpoint of “Battles.” Very strong album here. A+ 





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