Blouse Announce West Coast Tour Dates

Blouse Announce Second New York Show & West Coast Tour Dates, Captured Tracks Fest Next Week

Next week Blouse arrive on the East Coast and will celebrate the forthcoming release of Imperium with a listening party at Other Music at South Street Seaport. The event takes place Thursday (8/29) from 6:30 to 8 PM.

That Friday night (8/30) they’ll play Glasslands and the following day take to the stage at our CT5 Festival, joining DIIV, Mac DeMarco, Minks, Chris Cohen and Heavenly Beat.

The trio will then return to the Portland and upon release of Imperium (Sept. 17th), take to the road for a string of West Coast dates.

Evolution is a tricky word when discussing current trends in music, especially when it comes to sophomore albums. BLOUSE, the 2011 debut from the Portland band of the same name was a lush, melodic and dreamy affair spiked with whoozy synths and delicate vocals. For Imperium, their 2nd LP for Captured Tracks, Blouse have shed the synths, done away with drum machines and wrote and recorded with “instruments that don’t plug into the wall,” as enforced by band member/producer Jacob Portrait.

Sonically speaking, that comes through on the LP immediately. Perhaps bolstered by the ongoing construction occurring next to the studio while the record was being made, the sense of force and urgency propelling the record is evident. Patrick Adams’ driving bass and plodding drums in the title track usher in this new guitar-friendlier Blouse; more direct and clearer of vision, but still mysterious at the same time.

Jacob and Patrick’s Pacific Northwest alt-rock roots (filtered through post-punk and V/U) are a great counterpoint to ex-pat Southern CA transplant Charlie Hilton’s Cohen/Patti/Nico singer/songwriter nature. The dichotomy of those two forces on tracks like “No Shelter” and “1000 Years” are at the core of Imperium. These are delicate songs from the perspective of a valley girl who grew up with gurus and ashrams played by indie lifers on a steady diet of NEU! It makes it all the more understandable to have showers of acoustic guitars and (real, not synthesized) cellos interrupted by fuzz guitar.

Imperium is out Septmeber 17th, 2013

Imperium Tracklisting

1. Imperium

2. Eyesite

3. 1000 Years

4. In a Glass

5. Capote

6. A Feeling Like This

7. No Shelter

8. Happy Days

9. Arrested

10. Trust Me


Tour Dates

8/30 Brooklyn, NY

8/31 Brooklyn, NY

9/17 Seattle, WA

9/18 Vancouver, BC

9/20 Portland, OR

9/21 San Francisco, CA

9/22 Los Angeles, CA

9/25 San Diego, CA

9/26 Costa Mesa, CA


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