Cathedral Bells – ‘Ether’

Post Author: Jeff Cubbison

Another gazy, transportive album from the Florida dream pop band

Cathedral Bells is the latest project from Matt Messore, formerly of You Blew It!, Dear Tracks, and Houseplants. Once a solo bedroom dream pop act and now a full-band shoegaze concoction, Cathedral Bells conjures catchy melodies filtered through hazy lenses of lo-fi guitar noise and echoey percussion. At the end of last month, the band released the new eight-track album Ether, (a quick follow-up to last fall’s stunning Velvet Spirit) and it’s quickly become one of our early favorites of 2021.

From driving anthems like “Dayflower” and “Rewind” to the foreboding “Out Of Nowhere” and explosive closer “Ghost Dream,” Ether is the most full-bodied Cathedral Bells release yet. The album is packed with lush production, bold instrumentals, tight songwriting with swooning, snowballing choruses, and hypnotic vocal work from start to finish. Although we’re a little late to the party, we cannot recommend Ether enough. It’s out now via Spirit Goth; you can purchase it HERE and check out the single “Rewind” below.