One Second Bridge
Originally from Mexico City and Buenos Aires respectively, Vicente García Landa and Matias Bieniaszewski met through a record-shop owning older brother -- coming together to form One Second Bridge and in doing so bringing their loves of pop, electronica, shoegaze and delicate psychedelia together in a crucible of audio rightness. Having met in their spiritual home -- the duo found they had an immediate musical affinity, ignoring the clichés normally associated with such "instant chemistry" and instead turning their hand to late-night recording sessions that tended towards boundless improvisation. Forming the backbone of this release, these bouts of musical improvisation in no way indicate an album full of wandering compositions or half-baked ideas. Rather, the One Second Bridge ethos verges on the melody-drenched output of classic 4AD or even Morr's Slowdive tributes. Opening with the self-titled "One Second Bridge," Garcia and Bieniaszewski roam into view against a watercolor backdrop of Basinksi-styled decaying soundscapes, before the contrast is drawn to the foreground through chiming acoustic guitars and a heat-haze of effects that leave everything tantalizingly out of reach. From here, the next stop is effects layered post-rock on the appropriately titled "No.2," wherein Mogwai's "Somewhere Nice" is given a bright-eyed rinse-down and comes out the other side with a genuine spring in its step that is both infectious and deeply moving. Elsewhere, "Um Minuto" uses some Satie-inspired piano to poignant effect, "Keep On Falling" manages to reference both Badalamenti and Slowdive without becoming overawed, whilst "Alt.Ending" sees you out on a blush of choral rectitude. A gorgeous album that wears its grandness with astonishing ease.