Blouse

The Portland trio Blouse—bassist Patrick Adams, breathy vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Charlie Hilton, and producer/multi-instrumentalist Jacob Portrait, who also plays in the fellow PDX band Unknown Mortal Orchestra—had a busy 2011. They released a single on Brooklyn's Captured Tracks, another on Sub Pop, and then a self-titled full-length back on Captured Tracks in early November. The popularity of dreamy haze-pop is well-established by now, and in the wake of M83 and quieter successes like Sub Pop signees Still Corners and Seattle's own Seapony, Blouse's detached and gauzy sounds don't exactly sound new. But that doesn't mean they're not worth listening to—their best song, "Videotapes," employs muted beats, screwy synths, and spacey lyrics ("You're not in my hands/But I often see you in my head") to connote a beautiful sense of a climaxing, joyous daze. With Seapony, DJ Sharlese. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Thu., Jan. 12, 9:30 p.m., 2012

 
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