In Review: HIDEOUS TOWNS – HIDEOUS TOWNS EP (SELF RELEASE, 2014)

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Hideous Towns is a great listen for those in the mood to be moody. The EP contains a unique medley of sounds; dream-punk-gaze, surrealist romanticism viewed through a kaleidoscope.

I don’t know much about Hideous Towns, the melodic four-piece from Melbourne. Their sound branches from dreamy shoegaze to post-punk over the course of their new self-titled EP, but at either end of the tumultuous spectrum lies the constant dreaminess that helps take off the noisy edge but ups the ethereality. I think the EP is set to come out in late November and the group are getting around to launching the release officially at some shows in the next few weeks.

Their press material makes mention of a few comparisons to other dreamy outfits such as Lowtide and Hollow Everdaze and I’d probably add Cull, Roku Music, Pity Sex and The Chameleons (and even a bit of the Raveonettes in some areas) to the mix. Hideous Towns sway from squall to sheen easily, cranking out fuzz and hiss then shifting seamlessly to cold and clean melodicism. The transition from songs “Devolution” and “Um Expression” is the best example of such a shift.

There are two ways I have interpreted this music. The first made be feel like the music was drenched in seductive mystery: evoking imagery such as lovers walking through moonlit streets and alleyways, dreamers running through light night-time drizzle and an inner yearning for perspective and understanding. The second evoked more expansive imagery, yet also more frightening – oblique paranoia and disassociation. These shifts echo the skewed nature of the Hideous Towns sound – dream-punk-gaze, surrealist romanticism viewed through a kaleidoscope. I have no idea if the band would agree with me, it’s just the feeling I get when I give this music a listen.

Hideous Towns is a great listen for those in the mood to be moody. These musicians are talented and I want to hear more. For now, this EP will do perfectly.

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