Cyrus Rego

Cyrus Rego

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With help from the bliss-out folks in Stars of the Lid, on his project's first self-titled effort, Eddie Robert creates, perhaps unsurprisingly, a series of lengthy, evocative songs heavy on the reverb and barely-there singing. However, Robert's work isn't set simply to lull, often hinting at a huge blast of sound that could happen if he wanted to -- a bit like Slowdive, without sounding per se like that band except on the piano-guitar looming gloom of "Eastbound, Road Ends, Rail." Suffice to say anyone interested in shoegazing, modern psychedelia, or post-rock, however described, will almost certainly enjoy what's on offer here. Opening track "The Sort of Juice I'm Used To" makes for a fantastic start, growing more and more strong by the second. First, soft atmospheric samples of birds and the like set the tone, then a guitar/bass interplay, with plenty of processing, Robert's restrained singing, soft, crisp drum machine sounds, all fleshing out the song more and more. It's easily enjoyable with full attention or as ambient background, and it starts the album off excellently. When Robert sings on the album it is mostly to use his voice as a barely understandable instrument, thus the very soft singing on "Progress? Progress." Instrumental tracks take up the bulk of Cyrus Rego, and they're all quite fine; no ground is being broken with such beautifully drony pieces as "The Very First," but they're lovely to listen to for what they are. "This with No Bars Set" ups the ante by approaching the ominous sense of guitar creepout from the likes of Main, at least at the song's beginning. "I Will If You Will" adds heavily electronically treated percussion to really emphasize the strange beauty of the group's work, while the concluding "Absolution" brings Cyrus Rego to a breathtaking close.

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