Blouse, ‘Blouse’ (Captured Tracks)
Blouse are a hazy Portland trio who picked their name out of a dry cleaner’s window and have actively identified as dream pop. But the West Coast threesome’s pillowy, nostalgic abstractions veer from the sweeping histrionics of M83 or breezy gestures of various Scandinavians toward a woozy, romantic restlessness: Pains of Being Pure at Heart birthed by Madchester, Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval in The Breakfast Club, Metric for philosophy majors. “I was in the future yesterday,” confides frontwoman Charlie Hilton over pounding synths in “Time Travel,” a standout track that reimagines H.G. Wells as a Thomas Dolby–era romance novelist.