Mr. Gnome is the sound of the Cocteau Twins as guided by My Bloody Valentine and PJ Harvey’s pipes transplanted into Tony Iommi’s body, an Ambient Art Pop hush married to a hardass Shoegaze squall that is equally invested in achingly beautiful melodicism and psychedelically compelling noise. The brilliant and surprising hook is that Mr. Gnome’s swirling sonic maelstrom is created by a pair of supremely gifted talents, guitarist/vocalist Nicole Barille and drummer Sam Meister. The duo (bandmates as well as a couple) bring all of their electric funhouse energy to bear on their latest album, the delightfully schizophonic Madness in Miniature.
Since launching Mr. Gnome in Cleveland six years ago, Barille and Meister have unleashed three full-lengths, a pair of EPs and a single, each of which has expanded their increasingly impressive artistic vision.
Mr. Gnome plays Southgate House Thursday with Young Heirlooms. Read Brian Baker's full Sound Advice here.