EP Review Bleach Lab - If You Only Feel It Once

Where Bleach Lab really come into their own is where they evoke a million feelings in one.

Bleach Lab - If You Only Feel It Once

Everything echoes and shimmers here on Bleach Lab’s third EP, from the buoyant opening melodies of ‘I Could Be Your Safe Place’ all the way to the end of the melancholy, numinous title track. Across the five tracks of ‘If You Only Feel It Once’, Bleach Lab pull together a cohesive masterclass on smudgy, sunshiney pop, drawing on the influences of those who’ve done it best - not always necessarily on a musical level, but on an emotive one too. ‘If You Only Feel It Once’ isn’t as woozy and soporific as The 1975’s ‘Medicine’, but its moody sprawl throws up the same end-credits catharsis; it lets a little more grungy softness through its sparkling topcoat than the silvery vibes of Alvvays, but the pair match in airy, effortless charm. Penned around topics of growth, moving on, and letting go, it’s natural that there’s a bittersweet core to the EP. Bleach Lab are a dab hand at constructing this kind of emotional mixed bag, and it shines far brighter on the songs that are more surface level light than on its most overtly sorrowful - ‘Pale Shade Of Blue’ is gloomy, but feels more like a pause than a release. Where Bleach Lab really come into their own is where they evoke a million feelings in one.

 

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