Shoegaze isn't dead! Well, kinda, really Serena-Maneesh is a volatile mix of MBV vocal styling and soundscapes, with a Sonic Youth pension for distortion. They might even *gulp*, rock harder than either ever have, but in the literal sense -- being loud, cause well, they're particularly fucking loud. 'Drain Cosmetics' and 'Un-Deux' find Emil Nikolaisen at the top of his whispy vocal game and are stand out tracks, but its in the soulful, angelic voice of his female counterpart Lina Holmstr?hat that SM's magic lies. She's particularly fantastic on 'Selina's Melodie Fountain' & 'Sapphire Eyes' as well as damn near floors in 'Candlelighted', the albums best track. Serena-Maneesh are an extremely promising band, and for a debut, this is spectacular, but it is very much their first album. It's a bit overlong, and at times can drag after 'Don't Come Down Here', not to say that the three remaining tracks are bad , they're not (though 'Your Blood In Mine' didn't *have* to be 12min did it?). It's just when everything else is practically flawless, why even settle for the smallest sully?