October 30, 2022

Noise Between Shades is the second album by this very fine and intricate electro/dream pop band which formed in 2017 and this is the first time that I have heard of the them but it will most certainly not be the last time that I listen to the timeless, charming music that is served up for our pleasure. The music is sculptured, refined and eclectic being intricate, clever and so beautifully delivered that it makes your heart ache with longing and desire. The music calls to mind Talk Talk at their most ambitious, The Smiths for the delightful and sharp guitar, The Jesus And Mary Chain at their most gargantuan, the quintessential whimsy of Syd Barrett as well as bands like Spaceman 3 and the sheer class of The Dream Academy.

In truth, this bands sounds just so English but maybe this is just because Melting Palms are playing music that is so evocative of middle England and if this was/is one of the band’s goals then they have most definitely achieved their target; an all-embracing soundscape that drifts over you taking you to a better place and is almost new age in texture and scope. The vocals are all delivered most beautifully in English and are shared by Mike Krumhorn and Teresa Koeberle and emphasises the shoegazing vibe of the band and all within a frame that incorporates psychedelic rock too. Indeed, this music could be from any time in the last 50 years or so as it has that sunny vibe of late ’60s Californian pop, the intensity of early ’80s British electro and new wave along with the jauntiness of the 90’s Brit pop movement. However, the closest I can think is that the music is what I would have expected from a collaboration with the late, great and sadly missed Mark Hollis and the ethereal, inspirational Dream Academy and progressive electro simply would not get better than that. Mike Krumhorn also plays guitar with Teresa Koeberle offering up guitar, piano and synths with Tim Dajan Thiele on guitar, Lukas Schulz on bass and Johann Wientjes on drums and sound design. The sound is also enhanced by the effective use of strings which moves the music into the realms of orchestral electro albeit with lots of cutting guitar riffs and intoxicating vocals.

The music is just so clever and played, paradoxically, in an under stated way that seems to emphasis every note and you cannot help but be amazed by the sheer intricacy of it all. If you have a fondness for Talk Talk or electro psychedelic indie then Melting Palms are sure to delight with their adult themed dream pop that delights on every level, sheer genius.

Noise Between The Shades

  1. Withering Flowers (3:12)
  2. Nova (5:10)
  3. Cascades Of Noise (3:07)
  4. Ark (7:24)
  5. Crimson Eye (3:52)
  6. Tangerine (4:54)
  7. Cocoon (3:18)
  8. Nymph (4:42)
  9. Orchard’s Lie (4:04)
  10. Sheela (4:51)
  11. Cyclone (4:39)
  12. Aurora (5:15)