The trouble with much of the music that broadly falls under the vague and fuzzy umbrella that is known as shoegaze, is that it’s essentially lazy. It lolls around in its detached distorted bed of noise without the energy to do anything but drone on and on through a fog of messed up guitars and indistinct vocals. Shoegaze is designed for the sort of person who thinks that getting out of bed, making a cup of tea and having a cigarette is a productive day.
Or is it? Because Carousels track Sleep has many of the characteristics of shoegaze (the title itself suggests it will be the anthem of the comatose and apathetic) but it fizzes with an animated fire of guitar riffage that positively excites like a lusty romp in a bed that sees action every night. It’s music that pumps away for five and a half minutes of giddying passion before finally draining away. Yes shoegaze can be exhilarating and full of spunk after all. And if Sleep is the moment when Carousels reach for the climax, then another song Here To Me is the moment just after – there’s still the heat but there’s also a calming wash of ethereal chiming guitars and the handclaps of celebration.
So who are Carousels? They’re a Guildford two piece consisting of friends since childhood Nick Benton and Lucy Wilson. They have yet to play a live show together. However, this will change in October when the band play The Old Blue Last in London. We expect a buzz not only from the instruments that night, but the crowd as well. As long as those wanting to attend can find the drive to get themselves out of bed.SLEEP by Carousels
HERE TO ME by Carousels