[EMBER POP] Despite trading in its synthesizers for guitars, on new record Imperium,
Blouse still sounds like an ’80s-adoring pop outfit, albeit one from
the tail end of the New Wave era, whose
At the North Portland warehouse where Blouse rehearses and
records—a local ad firm’s outpost occupied by commercial props and a
half-pipe—singer-guitarist Charlie Hilton, bassist Patrick Ada
The secret of Blouse is no more. Back when I wrote a "Cut of the Day" for my favorite new Portland act, I talked about how the identity of the band wasn't as important as the dreamy, aching nostalgia you could hear in both their tracks. Today Pitchfork offshoot Altered Zones posted a video for Blouse's "Into Black" and also released a bit of information that might prove me wrong: Blouse is a trio composed ...
These days, there are few secrets on the Internet. Our insatiable need for information and transparency is erasing the boundaries of personal space and the private; when the government's secrets end up on WikiLeaks and Taylor Swift's new album is just a click away for anyone with knowledge of RapidShare, it makes true surprises few and far between. But I like surprises. It's easy to lament the loss ...