Music Review

Blushing – Sugarcoat

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By – Jackie Lo

If you like Ride, Lush, Smashing Pumpkins, DIIV, Wisp, Elastica

Blushing, from Austin, Texas consists of two married couples Christina and Noe Carmona and Michelle and Jacob Soto.  Since forming in 2016 they’ve released their EPs Tether (2017) and Weak (2018), and the band partnered with Ringo Deathstarr’s Elliott Frazier to produce their self-titled 2019 debut LP and their 2022 followup, Possessions. With Frazier and Ride’s Mark Gardner involved in engineering, mixing, and mastering, Blushing released their third LP Sugarcoat today on Kanine Records. If you love dream pop, 90s guitar tones with layered female vocals then you’re in for a treat.

The first track I had heard from this album was “Tamagotchi” when it became our song of the week back in February. As a teenager in the 90s, nostalgia hits me hard weekly with albums I grew up loving hitting double digit anniversaries and clothes, games, and shows re-releasing or being remade, the video for this song gave me a huge double-dose wave of teenage happiness with their sound and their subject matter. It felt like a new Lush song released about one of my favorite toys, a Tamagotchi. I tried my hand at keeping a few Tamagotchis alive over the years…always unsuccessfully. With beautiful layered vocals and then guitars that kick in with a wall of fuzz, this song had me feeling all kinds of teenage 90s love and is my favorite song on the album.“Seafoam”, the next track on the album includes some amazing guitar work which makes sense since it includes Jeff Shroeder from the Smashing Pumpkins and feels like it could be a lost Elastica track. With “Slyce” following on the set list with some fantastic tremelo and a vocal delivery that becomes a little more forward and less dreamy giving me Veruca Salt vibes. If you love shoegaze trudgey swells then you’ll love “Silver Teeth” and I love the Nine Inch Nails meets Rage Against the Machine bass opening to “Sugarcoat”.

If you told me to guess where Blushing was from, I’d say they were English. With a beautiful blend of genres and inspiration from some of my favorite 90s English bands, they really do make it their own. The songwriting is full of hooks that keep me smiling and nodding my head when the choruses kick in and with a flawless production to boot this album is one of my favorites of the year.

Written by: Jackie Lo

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