Soren Well

Posted July 9th, 2009 by eric

Hearing that a band is from Brooklyn may predetermine your attitude towards it, but good music rises above petty biases, good or bad. Soren Well is a quintet from the aforementioned trendy borough that plays a frighteningly accurate amalgamation of Loveless-era shoegaze with showers of guitars and dreamscape vocals. The tonal similarities to My Bloody Valentine’s career-defining album are almost overwhelming. Upon first listening to “After”, I just harped on all the noises and bended tremolos I could pick out that sounded like they were sampled straight from Loveless. But the more I listened, the less that bothered me because the music overtakes you with its monolithic hypnosis. The new songs the band has recently posted to its MySpace page will immediately trigger a reflexive comparison to MBV’s layered, moody architecture. It’s unavoidable. But there’s enough going on under the surface to avoid a knee-jerk dismissal. Soren Well is really good at reproducing these moods and sounds that you’re already very familiar with. So, even with docking for originality points, the band still comes out in the black just based on sheer talent and sonic mass. It’s quite a racket, but one that you will cling to as your ears bleed.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 K // Jul 9, 2009 at 9:09 am

    I really want to like this, but it just makes me want to listen to MBV instead.

  • 2 mask // Jul 18, 2009 at 2:29 am

    It sounds more like curve with male vocals than mbv. I can hear late chapterhouse and ride in there as well. Kudos on nailing the sound tho

  • 3 lucas // Jul 21, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    They sound more like curve, or December Sound… it’s all very period specific. congrats on nailing the sound though.