This is, hands down, the best new release that i have heard
in 2000. And yet, there has been an amount of trepidation in
writing this review. Why, you ask? Well, because the CD is a
limited release of 1000 copies on a small label from Florida.
For the average reader, your chances of finding a copy of this
are quite slim. I found one through an independent music distributor
in Atlanta, Stick
Figure Distribution, so i was lucky. You might not be so
lucky, and that is a shame.
Isobella have seemingly fallen through a time warp. They belong,
cleraly, in the early 90's British shoegazer scene. They have
released the best album in this genre since Pygmalion
by Slowdive, back in 1995!
It's an album of balanced distorted guitars, droning keyboards,
powerful beats, and male/female vocal interplay buried underneath
the sheer weight of melody that two guitars and keyboards can
create. It is, quite frankly, some seriously beautiful noise!
Consider the albums high point, The Sun In Her Eyes.
This song features melodies traded freely between the two guitarists
and the keyboards. It bounces back and forth, creating a heavenly
washed out din that you can just lose yourself in. The simple,
repetitive vocals really create a calming feeling as the music
swirls around you.
That may be the standout track on the CD, but really, there
are no snoozers at all here. It is very evenly produced -- all
songs really flow together well, and they are all good songs.
I am highly impressed, and look forward to hearing more from
this young band.
So, if you are a fan of shoegazer music (and if you have to
ask what that is, then you are not a fan), then you owe it to
yourself to try and track this thing down. You won't regret
Now, even though this album is a limited release, it is possible
for you to hear some of the songs. Isobella have, quite thoughtfully,
posted three tunes on their MP3.com
page. Go there and take a listen. You won't be sorry.