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by Tearwave

Shoegaze is alive and well in this band. A decade after bands like Lush, Slowdive and Ride rose and fell into obscurity, they come to fill the void.
Genre: Rock: Shoegaze
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lotus Flower
5:05 album only
2. Emotional Cocoon
5:01 album only
3. Trial By Fire
4:58 album only
4. Melinda
4:52 album only
5. Lady Aurora
4:46 album only
6. Dream Bliss
4:29 album only
7. Crimson Interlude
1:32 album only
8. Crimson Water Cleanses The Soul
5:35 album only
9. Pointless Savior
4:02 album only
10. Nightingale
5:09 album only


Album Notes
Projekt is proud to announce their latest signing: Tearwave, a gorgeous Shoegazer / Dream-Pop quartet from one of the snowiest and depressed cities in America: Buffalo, NY.

Shoegaze is alive and well in Tearwave. A decade after bands like Lush, Slowdive and Ride rose and fell into obscurity, Tearwave comes to fill the void. Not just a re-creation of things tried and true, but a decade wiser and mature. Tearwave integrates sounds echoed from the spectrum of Shoegaze music, yet rarely mimics their influences; Tearwave takes their cues then creates a whole new supernova of sound for a current generation of indie-rock listeners. Drawing on the past but moving towards the future, their self-titled debut is the soundtrack of dreams, equally perfect for days of internal reflection, overcast Sundays in bed or moonlit graveyard walks.

Jenn Manganiello’s luscious vocals dig deep into the listener's subconscious soul with her red-wine melodies and the distant warmth of her lyrics. Doug White’s guitars and keyboards soothe and drive with melodic darkness. John Stephanski's arsenal of rare vintage drums and percussive instruments lay a pounding foundation while Joe Villella's solid bass battens down the hatches to round out Tearwave's monumental sound.

Tearwave's compact, tight and driving songs are infused with an uneasy haunting aura; their music is dark and moody with an edge of troubling inspiration. This spellbinding sound has the genre's enthusiasts spreading a frenzied buzz about Tearwave. U.S. and Europe Shoegaze and Darkwave message boards and blogs have been full of Tearwave references since the band's appearance on MySpace just a few months ago.

"Swirling walls of intricately layered sounds; an echo chamber for the heart; dense soundscapes bearing the full range of the emotional world, and simply dark and lush like a Victorian opium den. Music that really touches the soul, Jenn's voice is like an angel. For people who love Shoegaze, we've been waiting for this ever since Lush broke up." - leftist librarian, a Tearwave fan.

"Tearwave is a slow drift into a lazy hinterland populated with broken statues, desolate forests and shimmering spirits. A luminous dreamscape brilliantly outlined with mourning guitars and reverberation. Crystalline voices filter through the miasma and resonate the soul. Each song a guided journey of human emotion and raw power." - Somnium7, a Tearwave fan.

Their MySpace hit “Lotus Flower” cements Tearwave as a Projekt-peer of Autumn's Grey Solace, Lycia and Love Spirals Downwards.

A review from Gothic Paradise:
I'm not even sure how to start out this review besides the introduction already given in the artist profile above. For those seeking more great music of this style in the ethereal goth genres, this is a perfect way to fill the void. This self-titled debut brings us ten wonderfully dreamy tracks with titles that describe the moods and emotions that envelope the listener in a soft sweet "Emotional Cocoon" as you get caught in a "Dream Bliss" listening to the smooth sounds visual of a "Lotus Flower" or the soft voice of the "Nightingale".
"Lotus Flower" is the introductory piece for this album with its moving percussion driving the track along with layers upon layers of bass and guitars all with some great reverb for a dreamy effect. This also gives the listener the first taste of Jenn's heavenly vocals which always remain up in that angelic range and vocal style, never to come down. As if providing us with a sequel to the first piece, "Emotional Cocoon" picks up right where we left off from the previous track, drifting along on a blissful ethereal dreamscape. The percussion on each piece is an excellent foundation and addition to their style that without would still be excellent, but would take on a whole new life and style.

As with many bands in this genre, the soaring guitar which takes on something of an angelic voice itself is another solid element of their style. Nearly every track has some taste of this guitar work above and beyond the other layers of guitar, whether plucked, strummed or deep bass, this siren-like backdrop never ceases to amaze me how captivating it can be across so many pieces. When you really sit and listen to each piece, there are so many great elements that come together so well for a splendorous and dreamy combination.

It was extremely hard to pick out favorite tracks from this album as they are all so well done and the homogenous nature of the album also draws them all together. The first couple of pieces really captured me with the emphasis on the excellent percussion, while "Trial By Fire" and "Lady Aurora" really bring out the excellent guitar work described above. Other pieces have a sort of ballad-like appeal with an emotional description of "Melinda" or the awesome effect of "Crimson Water Cleanses The Soul" which sports some gothic rock sounding guitars and some heavy percussion that would make fans of The Mission UK swoon. And then there's the final piece "Nightingale" which again has some excellent, heavy percussion with some great reverb like the band and the listener are sitting in an echo chamber together for a full effect. But the real beauty of this and many pieces lie with the combination of the dreamy vocals and heavenly guitars, each complimenting the other for a full, beautiful sound.

That wraps up the album and once again I think the people over at Projekt Records have found another stellar group to add to their roster. We'll be watching this group with great excitement over the next few years. Rating: 5/5 -Jacob Bogedahl
A review from Gothtronic:
When listening to this self titled debut the name of a particular band springs to mind immediately: Slowdive. There is no denying. Another band that can be compared with Tearwave is Cocteau Twins, also because of the female vocals. This four-piece from Buffalo, NY, presents a traditional style of shoegaze/dreampop. No frills, just the pure thing. And on an alluring level.

With the opener "Lotus Flower" the tone is set. They don't deviate from their concept during the remainder of the album. This debut is a monolithic slab of shadowy tunes. The wailing guitars and the soothing voice of Jennifer Manganiello go together well. "Melinda" is probably the best example of their dreampop sensibilities, one drifts away on the dreamy tunes. The slow pace of "Trial by Fire" is as shoegaze as it can get, "Lady Aurora" sounds lush and tender, "Crimson Water Cleanses the Soul" and "Nightengale" sound majestic. A song to watch out for is "Pointless Saviour". The energetic percussion, sudden shifts and dynamic touches of this track will entice even the most skeptical listeners. A clear hightlight! This is a promising and pleasant debut, lovely music for dreary evenings. Tearwave should be able to conquer their place within the nu-gaze/post-shoegaze movement with this set of songs. Rating: 7.7 out of 10. -Nightporter
A review from Liar Society:
Tearwave make music for the days when shadows lengthen on the walls. Life in upstate New York appears to have seeped into the band's soul as their debut album is rife with bleak winters, sullen desperation, and glimmers of beauty just gone by. However, Tearwave do not simply mine the tropes of the shoegaze genre in imitation of other group's past glories. Rather, they offer a few unique twists on the familiar territory of ethereal goth; the guitar work features a nice blend of deep, hazy chorus and stark acoustics, and the percussion is unusually strong. And Jenn Manganiello's voice is as lovely and melodic as anyone working in a similar vein. At times distant, at times viscerally immediate, Tearwave's dream-like shoegaze will appeal to parched ears thirsting for shimmering textures and melancholic musings. 4 out of 5 stars. -Jack
A review from Music TAP:
Shoegazer, or dream-pop is a genre that had lots of adherents and fans back in the ‘90s. With the disappearances of bands like Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, and Love Spirals Downward (now known as Love Spirals), fans of the lush, dreamy soundtracks that these bands produced were left to languish and wait for a band like Tearwave.

Hailing from Buffalo, NY, this band takes the dream-like viscosity of those past bands and produces a tear-squeezing, blood-freezing original that will have you feeling as if dream-pop never left. And if the style did disappear, who cares…it’s back now with very powerful, and associative differences. Tearwave is beyond dream-pop; it is a frighteningly addictive walk through a glittering ice-cave that will entomb you as you descend into its heart.

There is a haunting element that runs throughout the Tearwave debut, reminiscent of the ethereal beauty of the Suzanne Perry years of Love Spirals Downward, with more than a hint of that dark, cold desolation that runs through Lycia’s ambient masterpiece, Cold. Cold led you into the deepest recesses of an endless frozen wasteland of emotion, creating a visually relentless white landscape of no redemption and no exit. Tearwave is part of that inescapable mythology. The music itself is a wall of sound and melody that is made all the more heart-rending by the vocals of Jennifer Manganiello, the Cure-like repetition of Joe Villella’s surging bass-lines, the soft rhythmic beats of John Stephanski’s drums and percussion, and the hypnotically enveloping guitars and keyboards of Doug White. It is also Doug White’s expert production of Tearwave that makes this excellent debut what it is, a masterwork from a band who will only get better.

Music is a canvas that, if you crawl up into the midst of it, you will be engulfed by the stories within. Music can evoke images, and then take those images to whisk you to places within your own heart, however, dark, sad, happy, or bleak. It takes a band of immense power to paint those extreme aural travelogues full of peculiarities. Tearwave is one of those. In their striking debut, Tearwave has set the groundwork to become a classic, a build that defies category and description. Rating: 4 out of 5. -Matt Rowe
A review from Smother.net:
Fans of My Bloody Valentine, Lush, and Slowdive will fall into a state of uncontrollable obsession with the mighty Tearwave. Much like their hometown of Buffalo, New York, their dreamy melodies can be ice cold at times but at Jenn Manganiello’s ethereal vocals float over top of those guitar glaciers and melt them away. Tight rhythmic beats lure you nearer and nearer until you feel as if Tearwave is going to tell you its deepest darkest secret, only for it to crumble into a big passionate foundation of harmony and discordant waves of sonic tapestries lush with ornate spectacles and sights. Their catchy rhythms cast beats back towards trip-hop while the dense guitars and melodies haunt your soul. - J-Sin
A review from The Crowgrrl's Perch:
"Shoegaze" is an ambient, mesmeric subgenre of Darkwave which first emerged in the late 1980’s in England, a sound defined originally by My Bloody Valentine and others. Buffalo, NY-based Tearwave are now redefining the sound and bringing it firmly into the 21st Century with their self-titled debut album. (Projekt Records). An intoxicating nectar is released into the air with "Lotus Flower." "Emotional Cocoon" is a little reminiscent of Lacuna Coil, and displays a beautiful metamorphosis. "Trial By Fire" is the musical equivalent of walking on coals in a trance state. "Melinda" paints a surreal portrait. "Lady Aurora" brings the first rays of sunlight to the fading darkest night. "Dream Bliss" transports the listener to an astral plane. The heart-pumping instrumental "Crimson Interlude" leads into the melancholic "Crimson Water Cleanses the Soul." "Pointless Savior" is dischordant and chaotic. "Nightingale" is as tranquil as the call of a songbird. - athena
A review from Vampire Freaks:
From the moment you hear the first notes of this album, Tearwave will hypnotize you with their sound. This Buffalo, NY. based quartet weaves elements of ambient guitar and keys into tapestries of brilliance which are supported by melodic basslines and well-framed percussive work. This album is musically beautiful from end to end… However, the true hook lies within the delicate lull of vocalist, Jennifer Manganello’s breathy harmonies. Her voice is to your ears what the siren’s calls were to sailors, inviting you to come and drown in the beauty of its sound. Though newly born into the music community, this band promises to entrance and captivate you on an emotional level time and again.

As a music journalist, it isn’t often that I can say I fell in love with an album. Oftentimes the music I listen to is great, as long as it’s on… then it’s out of sight and out of mind. I found I couldn’t step away from this album, and I actually put it in when I was done listening to other things I was writing about. I don’t listen to music that is more than entertainment often anymore, but that was the case here. The collective passions behind Tearwave truly show themselves in the way the music sounds, but more so in the manner in which it resonates in your heart. The first song, ‘Lotus Flower,’ is a prime example of how deeply emotional this music is.

‘Lotus Flower’ is written from the perspective of a woman who is revered purely for the sake of her physical beauty, and with images of being on display, describes what a cold and hollow existence that is from the perspective of being alone. The alternating verse of the chorus; “Who will hold her/who will love her?” is particularly heart-wrenching when brought to life by Jennifer‘s voice. The way the accompaniment begins, from the mournful notes of the opening guitar line to the cool tone and tempo of the bass, this song is insanely haunting.

That is just a taste of one song out of ten. In order to experience some of the rest please visit Tearwave on VampireFreaks.com, and learn more about them at their official page at Projekt. Rating: 10 out of 10. -Benny Hell



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This album is like ambient atmospheric rock, but with clarity of instrumentation. The guitars and keyboards create a swirling wall of sounds intertwining with the solid fluid bass lines.

The drums on this album are unusually strong for this style of music and is what I believe seperates it from the others in this genre.

The vocals are wispy, truly ethereal and stunningly mesmerizing.

The music plays so well - the band invites you close to their - as if they're going to tell some deep dark secret - and then when you get so close - it pushes and pulls you and the secret is gone.

It's pure brilliance - stand out tracks are "Dream Bliss", "Melinda", "Lady Aurora", "Lotus Flower" and Emotional Cocoon"

It's the best $15.00 I've spent in years.