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Austin-based Troller staged a revival of old-fashioned gothic rock on the cassette Troller (Holodeck, 2011), evoking vintage Siouxsie Sioux.

Graphic (Crucial Blast, 2016) represents a quantum leap forward. Amber Goers' vocals tower over the electronics and the machine beats. Her voice achieves the kind of power that Grace Slick used to emanate during the hippy era. The music is not groundbreaking: barely an update of the synth-pop of the 1980s plus the gothic spleen that has been around in rock music since Doors first intoned The End. By combining those two coordinates, Graphic resurrects the spectre of the Robin Lee Crutchfield's Dark Day. Remove the electronic arrangement, and Not Here is a slowly-soaring psychedelic anthem of the 1960s. Goers stretches her melismatic vocals like the Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Fraser so that the gentle lullaby Storm Maker sits halfway between religious hymn and dancehall ballad. The poppy Nothing evokes a house version of Alanis Morissette, whereas Sundowner is the "heavy" song on the album, the feeble link to doom-metal. The nine-minute closer Torch is a lush and lugubrious requiem with fluttering synth and pounding beats.

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