MARIJEAN "Shades of Green"
C90 (Chthonic Records)

Marijean fades in like a dream carried by a muffled, almost timid, voice. Shades of Green is overall downtempo and is often led by what sound like a synthesizer and a guitar. Though these electronics are prevalent, Marijean doesn't rely on over-the-top mixing to convey their somber passion and allows the listener to become engulfed in its warm tones. Shades of Green, in my opinion, is a lullaby that is heard from another room; if not another mode of thought altogether.  Even though this release is about an hour and a half long, I can't help but wish it were longer.

-- Julian Alvarez