By Mike Marlow
Mine is the January 2016 release by Blue Navy. Self-described as “dream pop/slowcore,” Mine is collection of lush, enveloping pieces which invites the listener to lose track of their place in the universe.
Mine is the sort of album that is meant to be enjoyed through headphones in a dark room by yourself (this reviewer recommends a glass or two of red wine as well). The idioms present are familiar to the dream pop and post-rock palette. Guitars and washed-out vocals (and occasional piano and drums) form an undulating foundation for a greater soundscape. Guitars of varying distortion ebb and flow in gentle yet dramatic waves. Reverb is not only everpresent, but the lifeblood or the droning sounds that form this album’s textured atmosphere. It’s the sonic equivalent of spending a night floating on your back in the middle of the ocean: flowing and gentle but simultaneously unsettling and terrifying.
For an album so broodingly serene, dynamics play a large part in the experience. Each track traces over multiple peaks and valleys, and never does the album seem to drag. Droning guitars creep up on you from the depths then wash over like a passing storm.
The first two tracks of the album almost seem to act as an extended intro to the album. By the end, the listener may begin to question if the album has the ability to retain interest. These worries are put to rest in the next track, simply titled July 8. This track perfectly embodies the sturm and drang of Blue Navy’s idiom swinging from a moody trance to a soaring soundscape and back again.
Overall, Mine is a nice piece of atmospheric music that should be enjoyed by anyone familiar with the idioms of dream pop or post-rock. The formula is simple, but the execution captures all of the proper feelings and textures. It’s a dark and enveloping but entirely cathartic experience.
Take a listen to the album below: