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Stream A Grave With No Name’s Beautifully Swirling ‘Whirlpool’ Album

London slack-pop goth goes big for trilogy-wrapping LP

On Whirlpool, A Grave With No Name moves out of the bedroom and into the studio, this third album functioning as both a completion of something and a new beginning entirely for London’s Alex Shields. The introspective space explored beautifully across 2009’s Mountain Debris and 2011’s Lower receives a rich redecoration here, fleshed out at Holy Mountain Studios over the span of a year with help from bassist Tom King and guitarist Anupa Madawela. There are guests, too — Echo Lake’s Linda Jarvis, Comanechi’s Akiko Matsuura, and Ides’ Alanna McArdle — who pair their gorgeous, humming vocals with the often darker reverberations of Grave’s gothic rock fuzz. But Shields proves himself adept at both trolling the depths (see the barebones “Six Months Ago”) and drifting into higher climes (the lushly gushing “’73”). Whirlpool is out July 16 on Lefse Records, but you can stream the entire thing below in the meantime. 

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