A 24 Syllable Haiku

Isobella - A 24 Syllable Haiku ©2001 Clairecords
1. Olive
2. Kidnap Someone And Make Them Happy
3. Diana's Secret Star
4. Illuminous Insect
5. Half Man, Half Circle
6. Autopilot
7. Reflections
8. Beneath The Flood
9. Broken Verbs
10. Traces

Isobella is yet another "shoegazer" style band dwelling in the same territory as the likes of Slowdive. The band features a sound that offers plenty of sedated feedback, serenity-within-noise and a plaintive, but delicate overall structure. A 24 Syllable Haiku is a consistently pleasant album that doesn't particularly stand out, but offers a reasonably enjoyable listen from beginning to end. The band's main focus is vocalist Laura Poinsette, whose somewhat tinny voices floats in and around the echoing and occasionally blurry guitars. Her voice is a give-or-take endeavor for the listener. It has a very unique timbre to it, but it may not suit all ears. The music, however, is quite enjoyable throughout. The band seldom stirs up much dust; rather, they focus on creating trance inducing passages that swirl delicately around the listener. Even the moments when feedback and distortion are employed are kept in check as though valium was slipped into the recording machine's input jacks.

A 24 Syllable Haiku is not necessarily the most demanding of listens in this subgenre of music, but for those who are deeply into the quiet guitar distortion of Slowdive or some of the other Clairecords bands, Isobella is worth checking out.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 10/2001

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