Serena-Maneesh are back with their new album, S-M 2: Abyss In B Minor, which is out now.
Following the release of their self-titled LP in 2006, they established themselves as an act that could merge the lilting, ethereal melodies with crushingly loud, shimmering distortion. This new album (their first for 4AD) sees them expand on those ideas, recording the record in a cave on the outskirts of Oslo before working with Nick Terry (Klaxons, Primal Scream), and Can associate René Tinner.
The band are currently on tour in the US and will be announcing more dates soon.
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