“All In Your Head” is a burst of slow-motion fireworks underpinned by stately keyboard press and tiered male and female vocals harmonies. Grimy guitar line grind contrasts with lushly breathy, aerial vocals on the lyrically stark “Dirty Game”.
A melancholic, post-punk undercurrent runs through the synth-pop clarity and crystal guitar chime of “Drift Away”. Bass line-driven “To The Well” starts with a deliberate pace of a menacing bass line, hushed vocals, and lively percussion before blasting off with shoegaze guitar frisson, glistening keyboard notes, and harmonic vocal effusion. The vast dreamscape expanse of “For You” reveals panoramic introspection that rises to languorously grand heights.
Album-ender “Things I Said” is pop noir, filled with heartbreaking lyrics, gliding keyboard diffusion, propulsive drum beats, and twining, sky-high vocal harmonies.
For fans, it’s always difficult to find new material from a band you grew up listening to and think it better or that it has surpassed the band’s early offerings. Nostalgia is a power thing, especially when it comes to music. However, I’m going to go out on a limb here and state that There is Only Now is the best thing Secret Shine has released to date. From start to finish, this album explodes in slow-moving pop brilliance with all the shoegaze and dreampop accents anyone could ever want. There is Only Now is a must own for any shoegaze fan or, in fact, lover of music in general.