Houston Music

The 25 Best Houston Records of 2014

BLSHS, Abstract Desires Released all the way back in January, Abstract Desires evokes classic synth-pop a la Soft Cell and Ultravox as much as contemporary electro acts like Passion Pit or their local neighbors Bang Bangz. Its six tapestries of nocturnal keyboards and rickety 808 sounds feel spacious, wafer-thin and tightly woven -- paced so deliberately that it's possible to savor every last detail, which is surely what BLSHS intended. Leading the way are Michelle Miers' vocals, singing not on top of the tracks but from deep within them, radiating a wan melancholy that feels softly alien but also all too human. Enigmatic, haunting stuff.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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