Princess Ugly

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This Portland, Oregon anomaly's 2005 debut We Knew It Was Perfect presented a gentle shoegaze trio, comparable to a Rema Rema or 1980 Cure fronted by Reg Presley of the Troggs -- singer/leader J. Christopher-Rome bore a serious aural resemblance. Six years and two albums in, Rome and multi-instrumentalist Christopher Moncrieffe form a duo, save for pretty backing vocals from Janelle Henderson (like Liz Fraser of Cocteau Twins), but they're cartographing analogous terrain. Christopher-Rome slurps in a likeably creepy neo-whisper, while the looping guitar and drum patterns cast remarkably restrained ripples on the sonic surface. Silent but deadly slowcore? Call it what you will.