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Record Review - Nomen Novum: Paradises

Nomen Novum's Paradises unravels its gorgeous document of electronic and acoustic textures over a shimmering backdrop of hypnotic loneliness. It's not quite appropriate to label such songs as “The Color of Water” and “Miracles Come True” minimalist, but each one builds upon looping and layered cycles of drone and bliss. The title track unfolds with glacial elegance through a series of fugue-like movements. “(Your Heart Is Like a) Lovewave” booms with the album's first major chops on an electric guitar that arcs and fades into lyrical meanderings. Taking in the album through headphones reveals scattered bits of wailing sirens, chirping birds and disembodied voices hiding throughout the record. The resulting mashup of sparkling primitivism and dream-pop billows into an aural cloud of majesty and melancholy that’s ethereal, experimental and refreshingly ornate. (Operation Get Jacked!) 4 stars out of 5