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Correatown – Pleiades (Review)

Correatown, Pleiades

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

IN previous incarnations, Correatown was an amalgam of early folk and indie-pop sensibility but over the past few years the sound has evolved into a lusher, more textured experience.

Hence, enjoyable new album Pleiades offers fans a floating tapestry of textures and melodies as well as layered arrangements anchored by LA-based singer Angela Correa’s mellifluous voice.

It’s a soothing listen in many ways… wistful, day-dreamlike and frequently captivating.

Album opener Valparaiso drifts off with sun-kissed vocals and harmonies combining to create an enchanting whole – a song that’s vaguely ethereal, sometimes beguiling but always beautifully relayed.

It’s the sort of song , too, that could lend itself to a soundtrack score… something that Correa is no stranger to having leant her voice to the soundtrack for Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story on the song Let’s Duet (a comedy classic!) and appearing on the likes of Grey’s Anatomy and Ugly Betty. She also scored her first film this year, the hip indie Sassy Pants, and had a song featured on Zac Efron’s latest, The Lucky One.

But back to this album and its many positives… second track and former single Further rates as an instant highlight, building from a tinkling piano arrangement into handclap beats, spacious drums and a euphoric chorus that instantly gets under your skin in a good way.

Isomer carries a darker under-current to its melodic structure, while featuring a moodier vocal from Correa that’s every bit as captivating, while there’s a warm slice of acoustic folk-pop on Everything All At Once, which opens with one of the more provocative lines (“ready or not, I hear a clock ticking…”). It’s another example of the album at its most disarming.

Later on, Play showcases the album at its most vibrant, while offering one of the few glimpses into Correatown’s indie roots. It’s still got a melting vocal from Correa herself but the guitar work is more pulsating, while the track is wistful in the way it reflects on missed opportunity.

Conversely, Shine Right Through strips things back down to a more country-folk vibe and is great for just kicking back to, while the dreamy, ethereal tendencies resurface on the beautifully atmospheric The Point. But while such moments do beguile they’re perhaps not the album’s strongest assets.

That said, the story-telling is always worth listening to as well, especially on really stripped back tracks such as La Serena (which has a haunted feel to it), while there’s always a more upbeat moment waiting in the wings, with Turn On, Turn Up marking a rousing return to the rock-pop vibe and a remix of the pleasing Valparaiso rounding things off in satisfying fashion.

Put together, this is a really great listen that deserves to find a wide and appreciative listener base.

Download picks: Valparaiso, Further, Everything All At Once, Play, Turn On, Turn Up

Track listing:

  1. Valparaiso
  2. Further
  3. Isomer
  4. Everything All At Once
  5. Sunset & Echo
  6. Play
  7. Shine Right Through
  8. The Point
  9. La Serena
  10. Turn On, Turn Up
  11. Valparaiso (Pleiades remix)