What does it all mean?
I’m sitting here with this “new” (though I believe it was released last year; no press kit info came along with the disc) self-titled EP by Brazilian band Postal Blue and trying to make sense of it all. There are only four tracks here that clock in at just over 18 minutes. The band’s website is rather enigmatic as well. All I can tell you is that “Adriano” sings and plays guitar, “Alessandro” plays guitar, “Andre” plays drums and percussion, and “Ismael” plays bass. No last names given. The website features pictures of the band, but alas they are baby photos.
The subject of dreams seems to play a fairly important role here, as two of the songs feature them in the titles (“Maybe I’m Dreaming” and “I Know Where Your Dreams Go”). The other two songs may as well be “dreamy” themselves as they are entitled “Asleep” and “Summer Is What You Call It”. So is Postal Blue’s sound dreamy as well, or does it put you into a nice state of sleepiness? Well, yes. I think, at least. Some have drawn comparisons between this group and Belle and Sebastian, but I cannot stand them and I seem to really love Postal Blue’s songs. So forget that comparison when it comes to my input.
To me, Postal Blue seems to be hitting a melodic shoegaze type sound minus the more abstract qualities that that genre can sometimes embrace. I think of classic groups such as Os Mutantes when I hear Postal Blue, but not even that best describes the band’s sound, as they aren’t comical or strange. They’re just . . . there. But perfectly there. Maybe a bit like a Brazilian R.E.M. if Stipe and Co. were still recording albums like Murmur. I can’t make out many of Adriano’s words as he mumbles them against the pretty guitars, but I know that he’s saying something. Ah so maybe Postal Blue is a bit like My Bloody Valentine. No, not at all. Perhaps Lush, then. No. These guys definitely have their own sound, whatever that may actually be.
It’s trance-like, it’s mellow, it washes over you like a gentle rain, but it’s never boring, nor is it pretentious. As I said, it just is. And while that might be rather difficult to ascertain in a written review such as this, all I can tell you to do is go out and hear it for yourself. There are songs to hear on the group’s website, and the EP is available to order from Drive-In Records, or from the band themselves. I honestly wish I could say something more about this group, but it just honestly escapes me for once. What I do know is that Postal Blue has a highly intoxicating sound that makes you want more than a mere four songs. Here’s hoping they release some more sometime soon.
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