Shades EP (Marsiglia Records)
The fabulous debut release from young Italian trio Manchuria blends grainy electronica with Krautrock-style keyboard jamming and noisy shoegaze rock crescendos. The roughly layered keyboards of “Where Im Going” build slowly over a slow groove to a distorted crescendo. “Etangs Noirs” and “No Mercy” are both dark, chunky trip hop grooves coated with swelling organs, murky guitars, analog synths and radio chatter. This is atmospheric stuff, imperfect and elemental, the sound of a talented band finding its wobbly way to greatness.