Petrol Taste - 'Us And The New Moons - EP'
In ‘Us & The New Moons,’ Petrol Taste have delivered unto the world a blueprint for the blossoming beauty of their song-writing and a preview of the potential to come. Music as melodically mind-blowing as this is as addictive as the drug of love itself and therefore warrants further exploration.
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If you’ve ever allowed your subconscious to surrender to the soliciting sounds of dreamy pop-riddled neo-psychedelia, you may have found yourself running circles around your warped mind wondering what the existentially-aware hopelessly romantic millennial lovechild of Tame Impala’s Kevin Palmer and Lana Del Rey would appear in your ears like. As experienced on ‘Us & The New Moons,’ Montreal duo Petrol Taste come the closest to envisioning this dream-pop utopia.

Across nineteen minutes and four tracks, the dream-team duo of Romy Allaire and Alex Khoury curate a synth-laden soundscape that’ll soundtrack your daydreams musically and fuel your deepest, darkest existential desires, all the while replicating the wonders of rebirth. In some parts they sound like Lana Del Rey replaced Annie Lennox in the early days of The Eurythmics, others they sound otherworldly, a creation all of their own. It’s a feat few artists achieve midway into their careers, let alone on their very first EP.

Closer ‘Lucky Fire’ is a masterclass in melding melancholic melodies with honey-soaked vocal harmonies that’ll dazzle your mind like a full-beam light in the midst of a fog. At its core, ‘Us & The New Moons’ is a collection of stories wrapped up in pretty little metaphorical bows, blurring the lines between the cynically sinister and the sugar-coated, shifting between the reality of everyday social situations and the expectations of existentialism the mind creates as a result of these experiences. Classic rhyming couplets rule the roost as Petrol Taste weave their woes wonderfully: “Shadow people in the bar, looking for love or a wishing star/ Flame sky fairy godmother, puking your guts out in the gutter.” They take the moments we’ve all been privy too and dress them up in their dream-pop gowns.

‘Letter to Benny’ is as hauntingly harrowing as it is breathtakingly beautiful, its minimalistic synthetic soundboard leaves the duo scope to steal the stage with their sheer vocal talent, tantalising the eardrums equivalent of taste-buds at the same time as tearing apart the fabric of one’s heart. An Irish pop-rock trio once said when a heart breaks, it don’t break even, and on this song, and throughout this EP, Petrol Taste explore the bruising beauty of a breakup, the way hearts break and blur the lines between what is right, what is real, what is wrong and what is your own world. Even in its more simplistic moments, the lavishing loneliness of the lyrics in the midst of isolated soundscapes shares the duo’s song-writing sensibility, and the potential they possess: “My bones still scream across the wall, and you were my only dream when the bombs started to fall.”

In ‘Us & The New Moons,’ Petrol Taste have delivered unto the world a blueprint for the blossoming beauty of their song-writing and a preview of the potential to come. There is but only one flaw to this project, and that is that it’s simply not long enough. Music as melodically mind-blowing as this is as addictive as the drug of love itself and therefore warrants further exploration. If you haven’t listened to this yet, immerse yourself into a whole new world of wonder.

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