Holy holy. If this is what’s coming out of Vancouver these days, I want in. Everyone, meet White Poppy, a musical brainchild of the multi-talented artist Crystal Dorval.
Dorval is a visual collage artist and a budding mental health blogger in addition to being a musician. It seems fitting, then, that White Poppy’s latest full-length can best be described as a gentle potpourri of textures and sounds, therapeutic in its ethereal levity. Dorval’s delicate vocals drift in and out of the shadows of sound, making for a compelling listening experience. Pay attention, because this is one of those albums that has so many layers and thoughts and feelings that you’ll find something new with each listen.
Personally, I’m a sucker for uptempo tunes, so my favorite from this album is “Wear Me Away,” the fast-paced and (almost) danceable second track. But the gems on this album– and the songs that really seem to impart White Poppy’s mission of “therapeutic” shoegaze– are the more experimental tracks that explore new sensations through a gentle ebb and flow of sound. Take a listen to “Dead Night” or “Skygaze” and you’ll see what I mean.
If you like this album after streaming the whole thing below, you can procure your very own physical copy from Not Not Fun Records, or, better yet, get one from your favorite local record store.