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Album Review

Sarah Brown and Christa Palazzolo's post-Sleep8Over project Boy Friend came together quickly, with a full-length album and several EPs and singles under their collective belt after just a year of making music on their own. While it's difficult not to compare the duo's work to Stefanie Franciotti's music as Sleep8Over, Egyptian Wrinkle shows that Brown and Palazzolo have their own take on dream pop. Songs such as "Bad Dream" and "Lazy Hunter" are more layered and polished, and less bedroom-bound than Franciotti's musings on Forever, even though both groups trade in similarly hazy heartbreak. Indeed, Egyptian Wrinkle feels steeped in loss, whether it's the breakup of a relationship or a band; the half-heard power ballad "Lovedropper" even begins with a lovelorn sigh. Yet there's more to the album than attractive moping. A sense of sci-fi/fantasy wonder runs through tracks like "The False Cross," revealing the duo's fondness for new age synth-master Ray Lynch; elsewhere, shades of Air and Beach House surface in Boy Friend's misty keyboards and guitars. Meanwhile, the dreamy ambience and innocent harmonies of "In Case" suggest a fusion of Wilson Phillips and the Cocteau Twins. At times, Egyptian Wrinkle's songs seem so soft that they might evaporate upon close listening, even though they leave shadowy impressions that might linger longer than a louder song would. However, there are hints that Brown and Palazzolo can bring more clarity to their music without sacrificing any atmosphere: the album's title track is a standout, injecting Boy Friend's sound with a drama and urgency that give shape to the duo's cloudy sounds. Interestingly, the album's connective songs also this potential. "Rogue Waves I" opens Egyptian Wrinkle like drifting into a dream, "Rogue Waves II" closes it by drifting out like a fog machine in reverse, and "Breathe" packs a surprising amount of majesty into its 80-some seconds. Given how fast Boy Friend came into being, it's not surprising that Egyptian Wrinkle sounds a little unformed at times, but Brown and Palazzolo are moving in an intriguing direction.

Customer Reviews

Wow!

I was fairly impressed with this album not what I expected:)

Dream Pop/Shoegazer still lives

its great to see this style of music grow and mold into greater things. Boy Friend has a great sound with a stunning vocalist making a great album. This album is well made, but will not be the best from Boy Friend and they have more to come im sure/ I hope.

Cocteau Influences!

The first band I've seen in a while to go this far with the Cocteau Twins sound. A tad too ambitous, but the singer's voice is divine. Smooth out a few minor problems here and there, and this band could be great!

Biography

Formed: 2010 in Austin, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Austin, Texas' Christa Palazzolo and Sarah Brown formed Boy Friend in late 2010, when the pair left Sleep8Over to concentrate on their own brand of lovelorn dream pop. Friends since their early teens, Brown (vocals/guitar) and Palazzolo (vocals/keyboards) bonded over their fondness for Mariah Carey and Ray Lynch soundtracks and went on to create a sound reminiscent of the Cocteau Twins, Air, Beach House, and Strawberry Switchblade. The pair moved quickly after leaving Sleep8Over, releasing the Boy...
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