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THE LAB - Analysis Paralysis (Digital Download)

 
THE LAB - Homodigitalis (cd)

 
DER LABORANT - Kontakt (cd)

 
ANDREW LAHIFF - Inner Worlds Returning (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
ANDREW LAHIFF - Quiet Correlations (Digital Download)

 
ANDREW LAHIFF - Somewhere under The Sky (cd-r)

 
ANDREW LAHIFF - Suspended Twilight (Digital Download)

 
JOHN LAKVEET - Epikus (cd)

 
JOHN LAKVEET - The Force of Reason (cd)

 
JOHN LAKVEET - The Last Nine Convoys from Magoria Station (cd-r)

 
LAMBERT - Drachenreise (CD)

 
LAMP - Scales of Fortune (cd)

 
LAMP - The Three Towers (cd)

 
BRANNAN LANE & AMIR BAGHIRI - Lucid Circles (cd-r)

 
BRANNAN LANE - Hypnotic Drift (cd-r)

 
BRANNAN LANE - Submerge (cd-r)

 
DAVID LANGE - Return of the Comet (cd)

 
PASCAL LANGUIRAND - De Harmonia Universalia (lp)

 
PASCAL LANGUIRAND - Ishtar (cd)

 
LAOCO├ÂN - Immersion (cd)

 
SERGE LAPORTE - Sea of a Thousand Stories (cd)

 
LAST INDUSTRIAL ESTATE - Last Industrial Estates (cd)

 
LAUDANUM - Laudanum (CD-EP)

 
LAUDANUM - Laudanum (full album) (CD)

 
LAUGE - Pusterum (Digital Download)

 
LAUREL - Laurel (cd)

 
LAV & PURL - A State of Becoming (Lp/CD)

 
PAUL LAWLER & PAUL SPEER - Wonders (cd)

 
PAUL LAWLER - Bronx Shadows (cd-r)

 
PAUL LAWLER - Lost (Ep)

 
PAUL LAWLER - Opus (Digital Download)

 
SCOTT LAWLOR - Daedalus (Digital Download)

 
SCOTT LAWLOR - Neptune (Digital Download)

 
KERRY LEIMER - Degraded Certainties (cd)

 
KERRY LEIMER - Lesser Epitomes (cd)

 
KERRY LEIMER - The Useless Lesson (cd)

 
BORIS LELONG - Everyday Flower (Digital Download)

 
LEMONCHILL - Sentant (cd)

 
LANCE LENEHAN - Ambient Spaces (cd)

 
LANCE LENEHAN - Analogue Days (cd)

 
LANCE LENEHAN - Soundscape (cd)

 
LARS LEONHARD - Burning Clouds (Digital EP)

 
EIRIK LIE - 12 Bilder (cd)

 
A LIGHT BEACON - Music for the Patient (cd)

 
LIGHTWAVE - Mundus Subterraneus (cd)

 
LIGHTWAVE - Nachtmusik (cd)

 
LIGHTWAVE - Tycho Brahe (cd)

 
WILLIAM LINTON - Traveler's Tales (cd-r)

 
WILLIAM LINTON - Wayfarer (cd-r)

 
LIQUID MIND - Deep Sleep (CD/Digital Download)

 
LIQUID MIND - Peace (CD/Digital Download)

 
LIQUID MIND - Relax - A Liquid Mind Experience- (cd)

 
LIQUID MIND - Relaxing Rain & Ocean Mixes (CD/Digital Download)

 
LIQUID MIND - Spirit (cd)

 
LIQUID MIND - VII: Reflection (cd)

 
LIQUID MIND - X: Meditation (CD/Digital Download)

 
LIVEFORM - In Harmony (Digital Download)

 
LIVEFORM - Take One, Volume 1 (Digital Download)

 
LIVEFORM - Take One, Volume 2 (Digital Download)

 
LIVING DREAMTIME - Exploring the Water Element (cd)

 
GLYN LLOYD-JONES - Chaotic Attraction (Digital Download)

 
GLYN LLOYD-JONES - From Time to Time (Digital Download)

 
LLYN Y CWN - III: KA (Digital Download EP)

 
LLYN Y CWN - IV (Digital Download)

 
LLYN Y CWN - Llyn Y Cwn (Digital Download EP)

 
LOGIC GATE - From the Silence (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
LOGIC GATE - Voyages (Digital Download)

 
SIMON LOMAX - 5 Textures (CD/Digital Download)

 
SIMON LOMAX - A Glimmer of Memory (CD/LP)

 
SIMON LOMAX - A Strange Light (CD/Digital Download)

 
SIMON LOMAX - An Ember Glows (Digital Download)

 
SIMON LOMAX - Zone of Cold (cd)

 
THE LONELY BELL - The Lonely Bell (Digital Download EP)

 
LOOM - 100 001 (CD Ep)

 
LOOM - Scored (live) (cd)

 
LOOM - The Tree Hates The Forest (cd)

 
BERTRAND LOREAU - From Past to Past (CD/Digital Download)

 
BERTRAND LOREAU - In Search of Silence (ft. Lambert) (cd/Digital Download)

 
BERTRAND LOREAU - Journey through the past (cd)

 
BERTRAND LOREAU - Nostalgic Steps (cd/digital download)

 
BERTRAND LOREAU - Spiral Lights (cd/digital download)

 
LOVELIESCRUSHING - Ghost Colored Halo (Digital Download)

 
LUMINOUS DIMENSIONS - Luminous Dimensions (dvd)

 
JOHN LUTTRELL - A Sense of Impending Levitation (cd-r)

 
DAVE LUXTON & AARON GATES - Futurus (cd)

 
DAVE LUXTON - Dark Moon (cd-r)

 
DAVE LUXTON - Dreams Ghosts and Parallel Universes (cd-r/digital download)

 
DAVE LUXTON - Hidden Music (cd-r)

 
DAVE LUXTON - Music From The Firmament (Digital Download)

 
DAVE LUXTON - Portal (cd-r)

 
DAVE LUXTON - The Divided Line (cd-r)

 
DAVE LUXTON - When The World Was Young (cd-r)

 
JOHN LYELL & BRENT A. REILAND - Synthetic Universe (cd)

 
JOHN LYELL - Dimensions (cd)

 
JOHN LYELL - Eternity (CD/Digital Download)

 
JOHN LYELL - Planetary Artifacts (CD/Digital Download)

 
JOHN LYELL - Reflection of Time (cd/Digital Download)


LOVELIESCRUSHING
Ghost Colored Halo
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Projekt Records, 2013
Loveliescrushing is the duo of Scott Cortez (ambient guitar, loops, treatments) and Melissa Arpin-Duimstra (vocals), who established the project in 1991.

The guitar-generated, heavily modulated drone textures on their tenth album "Ghost Colored Halo" features thick layers of reverb and tape hiss, ending up in a massive, dense sound burst with repetitive passages. All tracks were done live in one go, with no overdubs, straight to analog tape, with both the guitars and voices manipulated to abstraction by pedals during the recording proces.

The downside for me though lies in the fact the shoegaze outcome on "Ghost Colored Halo" is a melting pot of distorted, chaotic sounding waves and a massively blurred sound design in which the ethereal element along Melissa's angelic vocals only seldom get a chance to shine. Of all tracks, only the last piece "Blacklight Thundering Halo" has a certain kind of hypnotic, harmonic feel.

All in all, I can only recommend "Ghost Colored Halo" if you like polychromic drones, glitchy echoed loops and profoundly muted sound designs derived from an array of vintage stompboxes.

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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