Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Shower Curtain - "Edgar"

Photo by Juliette Boulay

Modern day shoegaze always seems to be mixed with other genres, and Brooklyn via Brazil's Shower Curtain are no exception. The only question we have with their latest single is what genre are they mixing it with? "Edgar" has all the drone and feedback needed with shoegaze, but they added a little something to it that we can't quite put our finger on. It has a little bit more of a pop edge to it than we would expect with shoegaze, but it's not really a pop song. The guitar has an unexpected crunch at times, but it's not really a punk or grunge sound with "Edgar." It's almost a modern alt-rock sound, like you'd hear with bands like Wet Leg or Ratboys, but that's still just not right. We'll just have to accept that Shower Curtain are making a new style of shoegaze that we can't easily define, and that's certainly not a bad thing.

Vocalist Victoria Winter says of her band's new single:

“It feels very liberating to share this song with the world. Not only is it marking a new phase for the project but I think an overall process of maturing as a creative, letting go of the old aesthetic and sound that defined Shower Curtain when I lived in Brazil. The new sound is of course a reflection of the project evolving from a solo project into a band, and the band's contribution to this song is evident in the instrumentation. ‘Edgar’ is a very cathartic song about seeing my cat getting weaker with an auto-immune disease. He survived his hospitalization back then, but now he struggles with terminal cancer. In many ways, the stages of grief that are written about in the lyrics still persist with me.”

You can watch the video for "Edgar" below. Shower Curtain's debut album is due out in 2024. For more on the band, check them out on Twitter and Instagram.

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