This is Enceladus. The smallest known geologically-active presence in our Solar System, its surface is characterized by an icy, reflective aura; by fractures, gorges and escarpments that trail towards the cryovolcanic fissures at its southern pole, where great bouquets of ice and vapour are continually fanned beyond its atmosphere like a conjurer pulling stage-prop flowers from a sleeve. Perhaps Saturn’s most enigmatic satellite, it orbits at the apex of the planet’s outer-most ring, and when you study the images Cassini has captured, at the massive plumes of cascading debris, it’s easy to subscribe to the hypothesis that its Enceladus manufacturing this final ring; that the outer veneer of Saturn’s resplendent midriff is the result of a million, billion micro moons, each one fashioned from an Enceladus tear.
Below the words: Brooklyn-based Mauve Angeles (what is it with Brooklyn and dense, highly visual, widescreen-delineated dream pop?). A telecaster, effects pedals and a laptop; plus MBV overtones, mid-era Cure undertones, dark and waspish lo-fi confluences; this is very good indeed. Yes, I have been in some bands you might have heard of reads an enigmatic online proclamation – I’m guessing any list doesn’t include Tammy Wynette’s backing band.
Mauve Angeles / Venom Capped
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