White Lodge - Mirror Shield
Record Label: Self Released
Release Date: February 15, 2013
White Lodge is a dream-pop/indie pop duo from New England. The duo is made up of Cameron Boucher (of Old Gray) and Zachary Weeks (of Cerce) and Mirror Shield is their debut release - a two track EP, recorded in just one night. Within the two tracks, there’s not a second of emo to be heard, and the band channel a somewhat The Smiths-esque sound which teleports the listener straight to 1980’s Manchester, via New England. It’s yet another notch on the belt of Boucher, a man who’s quickly turning into the most versatile musician of our underground and it’s a couple of tracks that bring a little more sunshine to the listener’s day.
If you’re looking for the two tracks to sound anything like the duo’s day jobs, you’ll be a little disappointed, however as a standalone band, White Lodge have a knack for writing a catchy as hell indie rock track. Both of the tracks on the release are quite different. The first track “Joan Of Arc” is very much reminiscent of the current wave of dream pop bands. Sounding a little like it would have fit comfortably within Wild Nothing’s Nocturne, it’s a soft, hazy track with an irresistibly jangly guitar line. The vocals, whilst not entirely lucid, are layered very well and make the song seem like a really cool party that leaves the listener wanting to join in.
The second track, “Okay, Cupid” is different again,. This time around, White Lodge very much wear their influences on their collective sleeve. Boucher’s vocals, so very far from what we’re used to with Old Gray, are incredibly Morrissey like, and the opening guitar line sounds quite similar to “William, It Was Really Nothing”, however that doesn’t mean the band haven’t got their own personality and they successfully wield a guitar-pop sound that doesn’t appear to be utilized too frequently by bands at the moment.
White Lodge have released an excellent debut glimpse into what they may turn into as a band. The two tracks are free to download on their Bandcamp, so basically everyone should at least have a listen to what they have to play, but don’t be surprised when it leaves you wanting another release from White Lodge. Great stuff.