Actors & Actresses

Arrows

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Between Mylene Sheath and Clairrecords, an audiophile who loves textural wonders in his rock has been well-served in the late 2010s. Case in point is this Kansas City trio that's been kicking around a while and has found the perfect label to showcase its winding wares. With sheets of ghostly feedback and ambience up the wazoo, the group straddles the line between slowcore and the most esoteric shoegaze, the boyish vocals bubbling up from beneath textural treatises. They're all glistening, gurgling guitars in no hurry to go anywhere, chiming, knelling, tickling, and floating in equal parts over minimal drums and bass (some of which sounds vaguely, but barely, electronic). If you're looking for a pop song, you've come to the wrong place. But if you've come to be gently lifted aloft, levitated by cascading guitars and mysterious moods (the interestingly titled "Quiet!" alone will take you through the range of them, from hushed to cacophonous), Actors and Actresses aren't just putting on a show of it. They’re immersed, and you will be too.

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