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