Breather Stitched With a Kiss
By Marcus Pan
Breather provide us a mix of
shoe-gazery dreamscapes anchored to an old school goth-rock style. Theres
no drummer listed with the group, so Scott Gocherman (guitar/keys) must supply
the live-sounding percussive rhythm himself. The other two members, vocalist
Jessica Cook and Alicia Skalas guitar/backing vocals/bass round out the
threesome. Though the threesome have been playing about a bit, most notably in
hometown Chicago, Stitched with a Kiss is Breathers first full
We open with a dreamy underwater minute long piece called
Prelude that leads us into New Chosen Face. Prelude does a
fine job of setting the pace of what we can expect throughout Stitched With
a Kiss. A dreamy collage of soft spoken female vocals, a trip-hop flair
combined with a goth-rock undertone. Victim Junkie sneaks in on you with
no discernible break between New Chosen Face and the third Victim
This track provides a bit of more power in the form of
stronger dual female vocals and a bit of guitar work that grasps your attention
if only fleetingly. One of the better offerings here. Tracks tend to blend
together, but do so in a forgettable way. Im hard pressed to realize
Ive made it to Impressions in Scars on slot five for example
it kind of oozed by just barely on the edge of my peripheral vision.
Stitched With a Kiss continues along in the same manner all comfy
played, indeed, but missing that flair to make it grab my attention and keep it
for long. The heavier tribal rhythm that bangs through near the end of
Bloodlust wakes me up for a bit as the pace increases.
Set Upon the Clouds (or at least track 9, anyway
there seems to be a bit of disagreement between the jacket track listing
and the tarck count itself) is a shoegazery ballad. Smooth, but not all that
eventful. It shows us that Jessica Cook has a nice voice, but I think that her
range is a bit limited. Not sure shed stand well against Alice in
Videoland, Scarlet Life or somesuch. Star of the Sea (or at least the
next track) opens with a faster pace than most of Stitched With a Kiss,
but loses itself due to its commonplace melodies and obvious percussion.
I dont know if its much of an issue, but
Breather moves so slowly and windily that I find it being a
forgettable at times. Theres little here to make it stand out
above the windy movements, even if its played well and comfortable-like.
Some might even say its a bit bland and even boring. It could be that
Stitched With a Kiss, being Breathers debut, may have the group
still looking for a solid direction. Maybe by the next release they will find
that direction and be able to provide a punch towards it rather than float and
flutter about a bit searching for that something theyre missing.
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