Flare

Definitive

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A three-song celebration of beautifully adorned sadcore/chamber pop, Flare states their case very eloquently in the 14-minute Definitive. Centered around the gentle title track, rife with gorgeously dour melodies, strings, keyboards, and harmonies, topped off with backup vocals from John Wesley Harding and violin from Ida Pearle, Flare makes good on carving out their own distinctive form of what has been termed post-slowcore. Taken from an obscure Italian compilation, "Course" builds on mournful guitar and violin, bursting into dramatic swells of marching drums and strings, creating a hauntingly solemn rumination on disillusionment. The extremely lo-fi finale -- a ukulele and vocals cover of Gene Autry's "You're the Only Star (In My Blue Heaven)" which sounds like an AM station that is on the verge of fading out -- is strangely affecting as well. Overall, an extraordinarily interesting teaser.

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