For the ninth release in Distant Noise Records’ series of limited edition CDs, it’s the turn of South West shoegazers Dawn Chorus Ignites to strut their stuff. Their name is indicative of their sound, given that they’re just as likely to offer dreamy soundscapes as they are to throw in a couple of nightmarish curveballs, liable to blow up at any second.
The title track demonstrates the group at their most peaceful. It’s a pleasant journey through chiming guitars and shimmering effects. ‘Sea Flowers Rising’ doesn’t set the pulse racing either but a repetitive melody combined with a cinematic, easy-listening feel is hypnotic for all the right reasons. This leads us on to ‘Turquoise Android’; the centrepiece in every sense as wintry atmospherics help to develop a tune of depth and mystery. Meanwhile, ‘Am I Here’ slowly descends into a chasm of depression whilst the EP ends with the noisefest that is ‘Clear The Space’, which is kept thankfully brief.
Dawn Chorus Ignites’ willingness to diversify could serve them well on future records but sometimes it’s at the expense of a lack of identity. Overall, I prefer it when they tone down the rather generic louder tracks and let the melodies come to the surface.