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Blouse, Vice Device and Hausu


Mississippi Studios (map) North
Fri., Oct. 21, 9 p.m. 2011 21+

Jeff Luker

Blouse's eponymous debut full-length of bleak-chic dream pop is replete with more than enough aural aphrodisiacs to put you in the mood. Dark, lithe, and exploratory, with the lyrical content unfolding themes of dominance and transience in relationships as much as dream states and time travel, Blouse drags you down for a one-on-one you won't soon forget. Yet for all of the band's low-lit engagement, singer Charlie Hilton's contralto remains markedly detached and disciplined throughout, attributing a sophisticated curio to Blouse's exceedingly deliberate songcraft. With an aesthetic built upon highly developed personal styles and tastefulness, Blouse can claim their title as Portland's premier pop auteurs, but don't assume that they're perfectionists; in fact, one of the most appealing things about them is their rough edges. Abstruse lyricism, heavily automated MIDI patches, and the flagrant use of crash cymbals all contribute to Blouse's alluringly pretentious charms. So whatever you've got going on tonight, cancel it: Tonight's show is the closest thing to a record release for Blouse (out November 1 on Captured Tracks) us locals are gonna get. CHRIS CANTINO

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi, Portland, OR 97227

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  • Fri., Oct. 21, 9 p.m. 2011
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