The Bilinda Butchers – Golden House (feat. Sarah Psalti)

“Heaven is the title of the diary written by Nakajima Ume, a young woman who lived in Japan from 1836 to 1864. It’s entries catalog her catastrophic marriage to a cruel nobleman, and her later introduction to a young, idealistic poet whose expressions of sympathy inspire her to escape from her unfortunate circumstances.

When her friendship with the poet is discovered, Ume is sent away to a distant village, where she falls into a deep depression and eventually learns of the poet’s death. Though the news of the poet’s death initially disturbs Ume, she soon discovers within herself a new sense of clarity and motivation. Her diary ends with a final pronouncement: she will drown herself in order to reunite with her fallen lover.”

This is how San Francisco dream-pop trio The Bilinda Butchers (named after the My Bloody Valentine singer/guitarist) explains the story behind their debut album HEAVEN. Airy synths, something that we’d like to define dream-zen-pop, floating around a concept about suicide in 19th century in Japan. That’s what their second snippet from the album is about. Golden House recaps all their incredible greatness in mixing powerful guitar riffs, the necessary shoegaze touch and a sad pop mood exquisitely interpreted for the occasion by the beautiful voice of Sarah Psalti (better known as former Keep Shelly in Athens frontwoman).

The Belinda Butchers new album is out July 15th on Orchid Tapes, be sure to pre-order it. We’ve already bought our copy.