Stumbleine // Ghosting [Hija de Colombia]
Bristol has been developing a reputation as the UK’s very own Berlin; a musical hotspot with a reputation for cutting edge sonics, be it smooth Deep House or the burgeoning Bass scene. Stumbleine aim to further this reputation with a dreamy album, a first release proper since migrating from Bandcamp – a virtual musical hotspot.
Ghosting is a snapshot of desert island bliss, shot in widescreen, where every sunset paints the sky in a multitude of colours. The palette used to paint such a scene is made from scatterings of indie guitars, broad emotional textures, Burial-esque pitched up vocals and glitchy hiphop beats. Never displaying bias to any particular source, it is the sort of downtempo experience that can happily be called Lo-fi, Shoegaze, Indie, being all of those at the same time, yet its own unique facet.
Over the eight tracks, the mood is consistent, you won’t have any sudden surprises sprung on you. The formula of expanding outwards from simple beginnings into a billowing plume of audio is repeated across each track, with enough identity contained within each track to stop it becoming samey – be it Be Tru’s good time vibes (that positive bass and those guitar strums), Try To Remember Me’s expansion into train like military drumming, or Wasted Summer dusting some piano into the icing. It does mean, however, if you are attempting to pluck out a highlight for a mate to listen to, you will just end up plucking out all 8 tracks.
Still, at 34 minutes long, the album does not outstay its welcome, and can be easily digested in a sitting which soothes away crammed tube journeys and uneasy states of being. If you need to lose yourself for a short while, this isn’t a bad place to start.
Release Date: Out Now