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  • Summary: Produced by band member Jacob Portrait, the second full-length release sees the Portland indie trio moving away from drum machines and synths to a more guitar-oriented sound.
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  1. Uncut
    Oct 31, 2013
    Frankie Rose's 2012 tour de force Interstellar cuts the same fabric slightly more elegantly, maybe, but Blouse's frills are anything but cheap. [Dec 2013, p.65]
  2. Sep 25, 2013
    Blouse found a balance between texture and melody: here was a band that clearly cared about atmosphere, but never at the expense of a solid, Top Gun soundtrack-worthy hook.
  3. Oct 9, 2013
    The only downside with Imperium is that maybe its creators have neglected the more intricate details of songwriting (verse/chorus/verse anyone?) for an angular propensity but on the whole, it's a finely tuned assortment and another welcome addition to Captured Tracks' impeccable catalogue of riches.
  4. 65
    It’s worth a spin for sure, and there’s some spangly gems on offer, but if you were looking for a reinvention of the wheel, Blouse are going to make you wait a bit longer.
  5. Under The Radar
    Sep 16, 2013
    Stripped down to the basics, this band sounds more liberated than ever. [Aug-Sep 2013, p.87]
  6. Sep 23, 2013
    Reaching even farther back to the jangling, surf-tinged guitar work of the ’50s and ’60s as inspiration, the three-piece has created yet another charmingly melodic record.
  7. 50
    Starting fresh on a new route rather than continuing down the old one, they’ve got a long way to travel if they want to arrive at a well-rounded psych pop record.

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