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. [a]My Bloody Valentine[/a] 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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