The surreal synth layers incorporated into Black Swan Green’s debut create an atmosphere for brooding themes and dreams to converge into beautiful nightmares. Hugh Crickmore’s vocals are reminiscent of Interpol’s Paul Banks. Where the comparison ends, however, is the delivery of Crickmore’s cathartic lyrics over a dreamlike landscape of chill percussion and loose guitars.

The journey through these 11 tracks takes the listener through downtempo melancholic tunes and a stratosphere of uplifting anthems. An emotional rollercoaster of sorts, Black Swan Green weaves different layers of feelings into this evocative look into the world of noise pop.

Black Swan Green seems to be a likely candidate for mold breaker of the year, in terms of indie newcomers.

Grade: B

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