Boston’s Plumerai effortlessly bridges indie-postpunk-dreampop-darkwave -triphop and shoegaze styles into a cohesive and original sound held together by Parisian expat Eliza Brown’s sultry and oftentimes jazzy vocal melodies and poetic lyrics. Described by press as ‘beauty personified’ and ‘divine, worth it’s weight in gold’, the band draws from the eclectic and varied influences of each member to create a strong and original album. ‘Mondegreen’.
Following 2011’s Your Guilty Prize, Plumerai underwent a line-up change by replacing longtime vocalist Elizabeth Ezell with Eliza Brown and recruited new drummer Mickey Vershbow. Together with founding members Martin and James Newman, they entered former Masonic Temple turned recording studio 1867 Recording Studios and laid down the basic tracks. They took full advantage of the massive space to let the instruments breathe before moving to their own D4 Studio for overdubs. Mixing took place at Roost Frequency in Raleigh, NC and mastering at New Alliance back up the coast in Cambridge, MA. The result, is an exquisite and hauntingly beautiful album.
Eliza’s jazzy and sultry take on Plumerai’s more underground sound, is the most notable departure from previous albums. It serves them well, as the sophistication separates the group from their contemporaries and expands on established sounds. Older fans will still find the effected and layered guitars, the melodic bass lines, the driving rhythms and moody atmospheres that they’ve been accustomed to albeit colored with a new twist to compliment Eliza Brown’s vocal style.
‘Mondegreen’ is an exciting mixture of today’s indie with a touch of 80’s post punk aesthetics accompanied by the sweet cooing of a young Parisian woman on an adventure across the Atlantic. An audio journey with all the ups, downs, beauty, ugliness, nostalgia, being mesmerized one should expect from a journey into the unknown. This is the soundtrack to that adventure.