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Album Review: Serena Maneesh - 'No 2: Abyss In B Minor' (4AD)

The soundtrack to dark times ahead

Under the cloud of impending Conservative rule, a shitted economy and a BBC that’s frankly gone mad, you need a soundtrack that catches the mood of a nation. Step forward shoegaze miserablists Serena Maneesh. Recorded in a cave near Oslo, natch, this gloriously dark second album begins with the dystopia of ‘Ayisha Abyss’ – relentless drums and discordant keyboards with all the beauty of being trapped in an abandoned Siberian power station. My Bloody Valentine would be proud, as would Asobi Seksu for the odd girl-vocal whimsy. There are lighter moments, like the urgent rock wig-out of ‘Blow Yr Brains In The Mourning Rain’. What?! These are dark times, you know…

Matt Warwick

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7 / 10

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