Slow Crush
Hush


4.5
superb

Review

by Jesper L. CONTRIBUTOR (95 Reviews)
October 23rd, 2021 | 49 replies


Release Date: 10/22/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: shh, dream on

a beautiful dream. Sure, it’s a tired exhausted drowsy cliche when it comes to analysing shoegaze music, but the concept of a sleep-induced audiovisual experience does happen to be the most comprehensive metaphor to describe Hush. The sophomore album by BritBelgian reverb-masters Slow Crush is a gorgeously calm work of art, gently revealing its subtleties while distorting each sparkling corner into new, deeply inviting sonic avenues.

While we’re indulging ourselves in alluring genre tropes, it’s safe to say that Hush is a walking, drifting, gazing collection of such cliches. Song titles range from the floaty ‘Lull’ to the Very floaty ‘Swivel’; levels of fuzz range from high to Very high. Opening cut ‘Drown’ instantly presents an immersive experience with subtle aural manipulations, before Isa Holliday’s vocals transform the ambient-heavy song’s tail end into Slow Crush’s delightfully abrasive take on shoegaze on subsequent tracks. Where the band’s previous works frequently focused on combining energetic rhythms with gleaming textures, Hush opts to lean on the slow, composed and illusory throughout most of its runtime. Even ‘Swoon’, the fast-paced exception to this rule, is introduced by a highly abstract 30-second collision of drums and distortion before embracing its delightful punkgaze aesthetics to the fullest.

Every moment is drenched in such introspective beauty that Hush can feel a tad homogenous at times. Yet, the wonderful nuances prevalent throughout the record shape different personalities for each song, with such uniquities blurring and intersecting throughout. ‘Swivel’ finds its footing in a haunting wave of distortion complemented by a highly effective interplay of reverb-drenched riffs, with Holliday’s voice cutting through the static in a rare moment of vocal clarity: ”I only feel what you want me to feel”. It’s such instances that paint the album’s sentimental aura; the persistently lingering sonic wave connotes tangible sensations of deep longing. The record’s title track and immediate highlight characterises this like none other. ‘Hush’ comprises a driving affair of crashing cymbals and dense interplay between guitar and bass, simultaneously disintegrating and reinventing itself multiple times throughout its six minutes. The song configures its intensities in a unique manner, allowing just enough ambience in between beautifully abrasive moments for the fragile atmosphere to compose itself.

Ultimately, Hush has a wonderful mind of its own in spite of being highly familiar. It’s an album that knows its strengths and chooses to glide with them, making for an expansive, deeply calming listen. It’s the type of experience that forms an antidote to the unpleasant and stressful, with its persistent gleaming distortions allowing for seemingly infinite loops. As such, it can be said that Slow Crush have crafted nothing short of



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JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2021


3565 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

hey did anyone order cheese

https://slowcrush.bandcamp.com/album/hush

dedex
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2021


9581 Comments


oh damn an ouroboros review!

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Sunnyvale
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2021


3059 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha, I see what you did there!



Album rules, contrib squad represent!

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2021


3565 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

all i see is ouroBROS!!

Pikazilla
October 24th 2021


19800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Incredible album

AxeToFall93
October 24th 2021


308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Once again Jesper crushing the gaze reviews.



This is prettdy damn good.

Teal
October 24th 2021


213 Comments


Lull is such a beautiful song.

JayEnder
October 24th 2021


11825 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Name a more iconic duo than Jesper and shoegaze reviews. I'll wait.

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Cormano
October 24th 2021


2995 Comments


this band is dope and Aurora was great
can't wait to jam this

Sunnyvale
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2021


3059 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely prefer this to Aurora (which I never quite fell in love with, despite it having something special about it). Just a great shoegaze album here.

dedex
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2021


9581 Comments


> Name a more iconic duo than Jesper and shoegaze reviews. I'll wait.

you just can't m/

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2021


3565 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

she said it was her or shoegaze reviews so yea 😳



v happy to see ppl enjoying this, band is lovely (also as ppl) and deserve all the attention

normaloctagon
October 25th 2021


7029 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is exactly what i needed rn thank u

normaloctagon
October 25th 2021


7029 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Rêve got me like 😵‍💫🥺😭

Pikazilla
October 25th 2021


19800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, best gaze I heard in a while



Gorgeous

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2021


3565 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yess norma!!

currently jamming this on an overnight bus ride through germany, so so peaceful

loveisamixtape
October 25th 2021


11189 Comments


i rly like reve, lull, and t/t

Purpl3Spartan
October 26th 2021


1918 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Reve is so gorgeous oh my gooooooooosh

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jemaiseyeti
October 27th 2021


159 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty good. Got to admit I liked their heavier sound on Aurora better though.

Sowing
Moderator
October 27th 2021


39709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Digging the heaviness of this. Haven't listened to any other works by the band.

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