Blue Smiley ok and return reissues are coming, plus previously unreleased track “coma”
The previously unreleased Blue Smiley track “coma” has just been released via Top Shelf Records. It’s an affecting shoegaze track that envelopes the listener in an airy dream, one filled with hypnotic swirls of warbling guitars and gentle vocals from the late Brian Nowell. The dream is grounded by the undercurrent of thrumming tabla drums. Every element of the song has such an intoxicating lull – you can listen on repeat and find something new to fixate on each time.
Even the abrupt hisses of noise that blast in towards the end has a certain gentleness to it, transitioning into a pitch-distorted scene of friends talking and laughing in some kind of nostalgic otherworld.
The newly released music video complements the song perfectly with its imagery of lonesome figures enshrouded in blue light and dustings of VHS artifacts. It’s an off-kilter sentimental comfort that Blue Smiley was always great at evoking.