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The Proper Ornaments — Mission Bells
(Tapete TR454, 2020, CD / LP / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2020-06-09

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Roughly nine months after releasing their previous album Six Lenins, The Proper Ornaments are back with a new album, Mission Bells. Mission Bells is a collection of thirteen sombre but pleasant songs with the band solidifying their signature sound. The constant element across the pop-psych-prog-rock songs are the subtle breathy vocals. But that tends to wear thin after a while. There are some internal connections between the opening song “Purple Heart” and “Cold,” as both share the same lyric “How did you get to be so cold?” and a reference to the album title. The song titles can be a bit misleading, “Downtown” is not a cover of Petula Clark’s hit from the 60s, “Echoes” is not a Pink Floyd cover, and “The Wolves at the Door” is not a nightmarish song. Instead The Proper Ornaments deliver dreamy, lethargic pop songs with soft melodic vocals. So if you are in the mood for some soothing music to take your mind off today’s worries, check out Mission Bells.

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