Serena Maneesh gets ambient

Serena Maneesh
Abyss in B Minor
4AD CD

On their sophomore release, Serena Maneesh retains the shoegaze feel of their debut, but tweaks the soundworld to encompass both ambient passages and buzz-toned metal-tinged digressions.

Serena Maneesh picked an unusual locale in which to record. The initial cuts were recorded in a cave on the outskirts of Oslo; later, the band fine-tuned things with Nick Terry (Klaxons, Primal Scream), and René Tinner (Can). The result combines oases of delicacy with potent swaths of distortion laden alt-rock. Fans of groups ranging from Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine to Sleepy Sun and Bardo Pond are likely to find much to savor here.