Her Vanished Grace | See the Moon

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See the Moon

by Her Vanished Grace

Dream pop that captures the enormous sound of the Earth spinning on its axis.
Genre: Pop: Dream Pop
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1. I Know What Time It Is
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3:42 album only
2. Passenger
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4:19 album only
3. Desire
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4:34 album only
4. See the Moon
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4:21 album only
5. Beauty Lingers
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4:03 album only
6. All That Matters
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2:56 album only
7. Sparkling Diamond
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3:18 album only
8. Make It Lighter
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4:47 album only
9. Dissolve
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10. Fire
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11. Stars Are Made Of Fire Too
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Refining their signature power dream pop, Her Vanished Grace is back with their new release SEE THE MOON (2011).
These mosaics of surging atmospheres and ringing melody take you out to stargaze and inward to witness subatomic mysteries. HVG is a vivid, shape-throwing bliss machine.
The beautifully wounded song craft is dressed with luscious bass lines, hazardous drums and sweeping guitars that shine like beacons. Sound hangs like breath in the frosty air. Nance and Charlie's voices trace out luminous octaves and harmonize over big beats and swirling colors that polish these pulsing anthems like waves on the beach.
After the romantic melancholy of their last CD, BLUE, HVG found themselves seeking music with a little more edge but still very atmospheric, with rich chord voicings and the harsh sheen of early 80s production. The lunar imagery stands as a way of interpreting the dissolute yet creative forces that flow around and through all of us.
Taking the glow that simmers beneath the surface of sleep and making real life shine like dreams, on SEE THE MOON, Her Vanished Grace captures the enormous sound of the Earth spinning on its axis.

"Continuing with the recent theme of atmospheric pop music that Washed Out and Neon Indian showed us, Her Vanished Grace deliver a similar sort of layer-based sereneness that differentiates itself through dark and moody Brit-rock instead of chilly electronica or sample-based experimentation."

Obscure Sound


"Their dreamy richly textured pop songs were recorded and produced by guitarist Charles Nieland, a man who knows his job after handling assignments for Deborah Harry and Rufus Wainwright as one half of the Super Buddha production team.

Blue builds upon late eighties UK New Wave, with a more emphaisis on the rhythm section. Nance Nieland vocals are draped like cozy blanket over the music - her husband Charles sounds a bit rough, which makes for a nice change of pace. Think The Breeders meet Gladshot."

Here Comes The Flood


"New York based four-piece Her Vanished Grace have created a sound which is really something special... They describe themselves as dream pop (incidentally one of my favouritely named subgenres ever), and mix sweeping guitar-led soundscapes with gorgeous wistful vocals harmonies, inventive textures and a pop-y undercurrent."

Miss Morrison's Mix


"Dark, dreamy, pop....These are three words you could, and I would, use to describe Her Vanished Grace. Swirling/shimmering/sweeping guitars, lush vocals and and sonic textures all add up to create Her Vanished Grace's sound, and it is pretty darn cool if I don't say so myself, urgent, epic and crushingly beautiful at times. The melancholy of The Cure but with more of a pop sensibility..."

Even in the Future Nothing Works


"What (they) achieve melodically is on a level akin to pouring honey in your ear. It’s sweet, addicting and substantially nourishing, especially if you get some in your mouth."

"They have taken the pop formulas and the sonic solutions of the 80’s and the 90’s and delved them open into their own furs. Aesthetically, they have always projected something simple, truthful and with a beautiful power all their own. Sonically, they have exposed themselves to a question of radiance."

Gordon Sharp
Jezebel Music.com


"I probably use the word “shoegazer” too much when describing Her Vanished Grace’s approach to songwriting. In truth the tag tells only half the story, Her Vanished Grace play much tighter than most acts in this genre. Not for them the willowy attempts at otherworldliness (and other “ness”es) but instead alternative rock songs with hooks aplenty."

Jonathan Leonard, Leonard’s Lair


"The band have ingested a significant amount of the bands that compose my DNA (specifically My Bloody Valentine) and seep a delightful blend of dreamy pop from their pores."

"Their art doesn’t require multiple listens to realize that their left and right aorta are included in the mix and what you’re being served is the real deal."

"Blue completely lives up to what I’ve grown to expect from the band. If you’re a fan of bands like Curve, Slowdive, Echo & the Bunnymen, etc. this is definitely worth your while."

Kip, RockSellout



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lazarus

See The Moon
Exquisite and quintessential, Her Vanished Grace's latest release encapsulates the essence of their escapist sound; that uncanny blend of the melancholy with the uplifting, and otherworldly where songs and words are paired as much for their sound as their sense .Among all the contraries that run within, are the chthonic and cathartic forces that undulate throughout and to say this record is atmospheric is an understatement. Yet what is more purely expressed is a subtlety that does not dilute its power. It runs the risk of cliche to say these songs take you to somewhere above and beyond, but Not This Time because in the case of Her Vanished Grace these layered, well-crafted pieces are accompanied by winged words replete with literary references and original observances drawn from the mystery world of Myth (when Charlie sings "I will be Dionysos" you know he knows why). In that happy trajectory of a band that evolves to the sophistication of space travel, the records never cease to amaze and delight and each new release slides like Janus into place seemingly seamless. The celestial themes, nocturnal blessings continue on this stellar record and shed new shades of color and light onto the darkest corners of consciousness and the universe at large.

With See The Moon, one gets the best of both worlds; something reminiscent of another time and yet not heard before. The title track, opens with an infectious guitar that is both rigor and abandon and reminds one of the best years of Indie at it's height (only you get more than you got back then) as it does on "Passenger" and "Dissolve" the latter of which sounds like what it must be to be really loved. There is both Happiness and Sadness in that, but most of all an alleviated yearning and Hope so sweetly manifest in Charlie's comforting delivery. The silver and gold vocals of Neiland and Neiland transfix, mesmerize and harmonize best on "Beauty Lingers" with the very touching line: "I don't want to change you/I only want to change your mind" in a catchy chorus that sidesteps the standard formula. The melodies are elegant, delicate and topped off with a rousing refrain such as in "Desire". "Fire" is undeniably the strongest track on the album. Its urgency captivates, tears at a bitter soul like the Sirens of not so long ago and the heavier sound lends an ear to moments in their early career. At the same time the alternating 'ah ahs' and almost whispery 'It's beautiful' make even a hardened listener surrender to the deceptive gentility that contrasts wonderfully with the destructive power embodied in the voice of the chorus led by Nance. Other stand out tracks [though all are outstanding in their own way] are "I Know What Time It Is".As with Twilight [2007], the opening track is Lush-esque though with - and it glows and goes without saying - a sturdier sonic architecture, a stronger vocal and a greater anthemic current that swells and stirs. "Sparkling Diamond" is what Belly might sound like now, if they had remained as good as they once were. The contemplative come-down of "Stars Are Made Of Fire Too" is a poignant and poetic closer sending you upward of the skyscrapers in insomniac ponderings.

Sadly lacking in the musical language that would do this record justice, one must let the songs speak for themselves and while this greatest latest sits pretty in your record collection among Cocteau Twins, The Clouds, Ride, Lush, Slowdive and early Echo and the Bunnymen [or imagine if the ambiance of Radio Dept could touch the stars sans JAMC fuzzmuff and sloppy Frenchism or MBV's To Here Knows When without the interference], it also stands Alone and can not be compared. A pure aesthetic, a beautiful, superb and masterful record; a rarity in itself and a Sparkling Diamond in the rough of rough and ready Indie, that we need no longer tolerate. See the light and hear the moon and vice versa.