In The Hours Left Until Dawn: review by Fog Songs

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This is an album of nocturnal dreamscapes, filled with restless shadows and dim pulsating lights to guide you on your way. Embarking on this long, winding, hallucinatory sound journey is like entering a dark labyrinth of ghostly atmospheres, psychedelic meanderings and mysterious whispers…
Bipolar Explorer are an experimental dream-pop band based in New York City, and this is their latest release – a sprawling 2-hour long double-disc album, which is a bold and ambitious move to make in the year 2023, but this band have done it well.
‘In The Hours Left To Dawn’ is a haunting and immersive listening experience. Musically, it’s an eclectic and psychedelic hotpot of moody shoegaze, laid-back alt-grunge, dirty post-rock and experimental sound art. The band use effects-laden guitars, moody basslines, spoken word poetry, ambient synths, airy drones, abstract field recordings, swirling vocalizations, percussive instruments and trippy audio manipulation techniques to create these gorgeous shimmering soundscapes that both haunt and comfort. They require a certain amount of patience, calmness and endurance to fully appreciate…but if you let it play out in its entirety, it’s a very rewarding listening experience.
‘In The Hours Left Until Dawn’ is an album of pure atmosphere and feeling. It’s totally indulgent, but not sickeningly so. It’s an epic accomplishment, and a gorgeous work of art that contains pop sensibilities, trippy experimentations and everything in between. Ideal introspective listening for the long quiet hours of the night. Highly recommended.
Stream/Download the album here…