Review – Mellodraw

Album: Eternal Mirror
Release Date: August 8, 2017
Genre: Dreampop/Shoegaze

Releasing their debut album Eternal Mirror comes Windsor, Ontario’s Mellodraw. The full-length album offers a cacophony of sound and vocals that is not altogether unpleasant as well as musically interesting.

Admittedly, I am not that familiar with the “shoegaze” style of music, so dissecting the sounds behind each song was at first confusing but after a few listens it started to make sense. With threads of early Nirvana and early 90’s grunge rock, Jacob McLean’s primal growl curls into your body and pulls it into a deep sway.

The single “Juniper” has a bit more of a pop feel to it with high synth and a peppier beat while my favourite song, “19” starts with a more trippy, slow opening and then at the middle starts building in speed to suddenly drop into a fade tricking you into thinking the songs over before blowing up again for a minute long reprise. It’s fun. “Follow You” has a very similar structure and sound to “These Things” by She Wants Revenge which quite tickled me as well.

Eternal Mirror is overall an interesting album for a specific palate. It’s available now for download.

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I’m Emily Frewin. I remember my dad teaching me how to take care of a record before I knew how to tie my shoes. Laying on the floor of my living room listening at full volume to a new album or bathing in the glory of an old one was how I spent most of my childhood and adolescence. Writing and music have always been important to me, so I’m very excited to be writing for Canadian Beats. I have a dog, a husband, and several children, some of which may or may not be mine. I spend my days fighting off the on-set of dementia by working for a Geomatics company, listening to music, trying to sell my children, watching movies, and planning out how to kidnap Idris Elba. I also own a T-Rex costume.

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