This debut recording from a trio out of San Francisco reminds me of ambient dark wave off Projekt Records. The first and last tracks offer a chilled-out tempo, taking cues from Massive Attack and Brian Eno with dreamy guitar melodies. “At the Bottom of the Deep Blue Sea” and a Depeche Mode cover of “Ice Machine” sound more like early Slowdive with wintery, ethereal vocals and sparse guitars. Audibly, Foreign Cinema fell short of their goal with synchronous, moody melody. Choosing to go analog on their debut makes me think they have more up their collective sleeve. Let’s hope so.
–Kristen K (Parallax Sounds, parallaxsounds.com)