One of my favorite elements of shoegaze is its tendency to combine monumental, spacey guitar riffs with dreamy, oft wispy vocals. Conduits excel at this pairing on their new track “Top of the Hill”. Likewise, the typical shoegaze darkness persists, all encompassing but not entirely overwhelming. There’s energy here, but it’s not the torment so often found in post-rock.
Oddly enough, the voice is that of Jenna Morrison (Son, Ambulance), paired with the guitar meanderings of JJ Idt and Nate Mickish, the bass of Mike Overfield, keys by Patrick Newbery, and percussion form Roger Lewis to round out the band.
Conduits will release their self-titled debut on March 21 courtesy Team Love.
Download: “Top of the Hill” by Conduits
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