Miserable is the latest project of Kristina Esfandiari (who also performs as King Woman), and "Violet," off her upcoming debut LP, is a bitter requiem for a deep friendship. She wallows in its molasses reverb and delayed lurches, and comes out the other side with no answers—just the mighty misery itself. Losing a close friend is a special kind of pain: confusion, despair, an all-consuming yearning for the rosy past. Esfandiari's anguished vocals (unusual for shoegaze, whose aesthetics lean toward anodyne cooing) summon heartbreaking ghosts, treasured memories, faded photographs on a wall. And like a friendship that decays instead of ending cleanly, “Violet” offers no sense of closure. The song’s weight lingers after its coda of cascading guitar feedback has ceased to ring, leaving a hollowed-out feeling that colors the world just a bit more blue. “Violet” hurts like a broken promise.
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