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"White Blush - "Jolene""

White Blush is the lethal female vocalist Carol Rhyu who finds herself living at L.A at the moment. She just released her new self-titled project that was just released to Bandcamp as a free download. One of the highlight tracks, ”Jolene” (found below), showcases just how potent her vocals are. 99% of the world could never dream of reaching the octave level she hits. DAMN. - Hilly Dilly


"White Blush - "Jolene""

White Blush is the lethal female vocalist Carol Rhyu who finds herself living at L.A at the moment. She just released her new self-titled project that was just released to Bandcamp as a free download. One of the highlight tracks, ”Jolene” (found below), showcases just how potent her vocals are. 99% of the world could never dream of reaching the octave level she hits. DAMN. - Hilly Dilly


"White Blush: dark lush poptones"

The music of White Blush, the artistic moniker of recording artist Carol Rhyu, is still very much a guessing game. But on the strength of her debut single, entitled Without You, envisaging what it may evolve into becomes a pleasurable exercise. It starts with a gauzy, loop-based synth wash that begins to unfurl once Rhyu interlaces her gossamer-thin voice. The violet-tinted atmosphere it emits invites with a sultry, seductive tone, yet the despondency of its lyrical content suggests that there’s something lurking deep within her words. Although Rhyu has just released a pair of tracks, she’s instantly become one to watch out for in the coming months.- Juan Edgardo Rodríguez (@juanerodriguez) - LA Deli Magazine


"White Blush: dark lush poptones"

The music of White Blush, the artistic moniker of recording artist Carol Rhyu, is still very much a guessing game. But on the strength of her debut single, entitled Without You, envisaging what it may evolve into becomes a pleasurable exercise. It starts with a gauzy, loop-based synth wash that begins to unfurl once Rhyu interlaces her gossamer-thin voice. The violet-tinted atmosphere it emits invites with a sultry, seductive tone, yet the despondency of its lyrical content suggests that there’s something lurking deep within her words. Although Rhyu has just released a pair of tracks, she’s instantly become one to watch out for in the coming months.- Juan Edgardo Rodríguez (@juanerodriguez) - LA Deli Magazine


"Introducing White Blush"

White Blush is the solo project of L.A.-based singer/recording artist Carol Rhyu and producer John Ho. Carol Rhyu grew up in the Chicago suburbs, moving to Los Angeles in 2009 in order to attend film school. With a musical style so cinematically vast, it comes as no surprise that her background lies in a vested interest in film. So far, the three recordings up for grabs on White Blush‘s Bandcamp page offer up lush, layered dream pop of the highest caliber. Ambient and spatial, this gorgeous offering of minimalist synth pop conjur up comparisons of the likes of Julee Cruise and the meditative subtlety of Grouper.

Not content to stick with whispy vocals and conventionally beautiful pinnings, White Blush reaches farther out with every new recording. The sparse, creepy “808 Myst” (inspired by the old video game and played on Rhyu’s 808 Roland Drum Machine) brings to mind the soundtracks of vintage horror films, such as 1970s Japanese fantasy horror film, “Housu” (which, if you haven’t seen, I order you to immediately). I have no idea if Rhyu knows of this film, but it is this writer’s opinion that she could easily rescore the soundtrack.

That being said, White Blush‘s sound is immensely cinematic. Listening to these three recordings (please Carol and John: record more soon!) takes the listener on an expansive journey through the darkest rabbit holes of the imagination. At times holding the meditative qualities of Grouper, but with the more driving melodies of Glasser (it is merely a coincidence that both of these artists have names that start with a “G” and end in “er”), White Blush seem to consistently be growing in leaps and bounds, stretching the capabilities of their sound further and further. - Listen Before You Buy


"Introducing White Blush"

White Blush is the solo project of L.A.-based singer/recording artist Carol Rhyu and producer John Ho. Carol Rhyu grew up in the Chicago suburbs, moving to Los Angeles in 2009 in order to attend film school. With a musical style so cinematically vast, it comes as no surprise that her background lies in a vested interest in film. So far, the three recordings up for grabs on White Blush‘s Bandcamp page offer up lush, layered dream pop of the highest caliber. Ambient and spatial, this gorgeous offering of minimalist synth pop conjur up comparisons of the likes of Julee Cruise and the meditative subtlety of Grouper.

Not content to stick with whispy vocals and conventionally beautiful pinnings, White Blush reaches farther out with every new recording. The sparse, creepy “808 Myst” (inspired by the old video game and played on Rhyu’s 808 Roland Drum Machine) brings to mind the soundtracks of vintage horror films, such as 1970s Japanese fantasy horror film, “Housu” (which, if you haven’t seen, I order you to immediately). I have no idea if Rhyu knows of this film, but it is this writer’s opinion that she could easily rescore the soundtrack.

That being said, White Blush‘s sound is immensely cinematic. Listening to these three recordings (please Carol and John: record more soon!) takes the listener on an expansive journey through the darkest rabbit holes of the imagination. At times holding the meditative qualities of Grouper, but with the more driving melodies of Glasser (it is merely a coincidence that both of these artists have names that start with a “G” and end in “er”), White Blush seem to consistently be growing in leaps and bounds, stretching the capabilities of their sound further and further. - Listen Before You Buy


"[MP3] White Blush's debut EP"

White Blush is the pseudonym of LA based artist Carol Rhyu. originally from Chicago, Carol began playing in synth bands when she was in film school in LA, culminating in her launching her White Blush project earlier this year. She’s just released her début, self-titled, EP, and it makes for engrossing listening.

White Blush is a record of many sides, Carol’s music walking a line between hazy Dreampop and Minimal Synth. Stripped down and personal, the six songs on the EP quickly equate you with Rhyu’s ethereal tone and a sparse collection of vintage synth sounds. True Luv, the EP’s opener confronts you with a melodic barrage of ChipTune, raw Drum Machines and waves of dreamlike vocals that swim around the robotic cacophony, a melding of beauty with harshness that is evident throughout the EP. Carol site’s Julee Cruise as an influence, and it’s one she wears on her sleeve. If Cruise was locked in a room with only a TR808, a C64 and an array of broken vintage synths, and sleep deprived, the result may be similar. Mirror matches pulsing arpeggios with a toy-town melody to sound like a fevered dream version of the Blade Runner end titles while Jolene presents imposing industrial drums that are soon tempered with lush synths and some truly epic vocals. 808 Myst is the music from Myst played on an 808, and yes, it is a weird, and downright eerie, as it sounds and lease into the closing track. Juice Of My Heart is rapturous electronic Shoegaze that’s it’s easy to get lost in. White Blush’s début is an impressive, and involving piece of work. An otherworldly journey that leaves you reeling once it finishes and you’re back to reality. - Electronic Rumors


"[MP3] White Blush's debut EP"

White Blush is the pseudonym of LA based artist Carol Rhyu. originally from Chicago, Carol began playing in synth bands when she was in film school in LA, culminating in her launching her White Blush project earlier this year. She’s just released her début, self-titled, EP, and it makes for engrossing listening.

White Blush is a record of many sides, Carol’s music walking a line between hazy Dreampop and Minimal Synth. Stripped down and personal, the six songs on the EP quickly equate you with Rhyu’s ethereal tone and a sparse collection of vintage synth sounds. True Luv, the EP’s opener confronts you with a melodic barrage of ChipTune, raw Drum Machines and waves of dreamlike vocals that swim around the robotic cacophony, a melding of beauty with harshness that is evident throughout the EP. Carol site’s Julee Cruise as an influence, and it’s one she wears on her sleeve. If Cruise was locked in a room with only a TR808, a C64 and an array of broken vintage synths, and sleep deprived, the result may be similar. Mirror matches pulsing arpeggios with a toy-town melody to sound like a fevered dream version of the Blade Runner end titles while Jolene presents imposing industrial drums that are soon tempered with lush synths and some truly epic vocals. 808 Myst is the music from Myst played on an 808, and yes, it is a weird, and downright eerie, as it sounds and lease into the closing track. Juice Of My Heart is rapturous electronic Shoegaze that’s it’s easy to get lost in. White Blush’s début is an impressive, and involving piece of work. An otherworldly journey that leaves you reeling once it finishes and you’re back to reality. - Electronic Rumors


"WHITE BLUSH - S/T"

“True love never dies”, so it begins. Sonically, socking it to Eurythmics splatter-graphed with Zola Jesus, miking it up with Liz Harris esque vocals. You’ll know I love Liz for her music, while my love for Goth pomp is less known, and White Blush is ascertained to please those venturing into her sound from here, and that of White Blush’s necessarily from the Indie market.

These beats are rife with overweight flea infestation so that they scuttle along with a het-up in link to the glamorous get-up of the cherry mascara vocals and synthesizers. “Jolene” is especially gloopy, an ode to the summer spitting splendour of artists like :papercutz and their “Heart Shaped Rock” antithesis to sorbet softness. “Wait”, comparatively, douses the flames of Techno-discolour with a wall of tender female vox counter-played against gained male snippets.

It’s not all harmonic reverie, though: “808 Myst” goes discord-tastic with a stepper rhythm, later giving way to Tangerine Dream-like chords that sit on top then get reshuffled into the tonality deck. The effects are mesmerizing, like a Murman rising from depths of murky marsh water. It starts to get a bit Students Of Decay-ish by 2 minutes in, while “Juice Of My Heart” sucks at ventricles with a leech-hungry abandon, playing a paradox on itself in the heat.

I’ve been really impressed by this release, and best of all it’s in time for Xmas, and it’s “Name your price” on Bandcamp. Go get some, tame your inner vampire, and let the ghosts of halloween come out at night so you can fixate on what pumps the blood to the mind. Utterly non-forgettable, White Blush turns in a corker here – “heaven is a place on Earth with you”.

- Mick Buckingham for Fluid Radio - Fluid Radio


"WHITE BLUSH - S/T"

“True love never dies”, so it begins. Sonically, socking it to Eurythmics splatter-graphed with Zola Jesus, miking it up with Liz Harris esque vocals. You’ll know I love Liz for her music, while my love for Goth pomp is less known, and White Blush is ascertained to please those venturing into her sound from here, and that of White Blush’s necessarily from the Indie market.

These beats are rife with overweight flea infestation so that they scuttle along with a het-up in link to the glamorous get-up of the cherry mascara vocals and synthesizers. “Jolene” is especially gloopy, an ode to the summer spitting splendour of artists like :papercutz and their “Heart Shaped Rock” antithesis to sorbet softness. “Wait”, comparatively, douses the flames of Techno-discolour with a wall of tender female vox counter-played against gained male snippets.

It’s not all harmonic reverie, though: “808 Myst” goes discord-tastic with a stepper rhythm, later giving way to Tangerine Dream-like chords that sit on top then get reshuffled into the tonality deck. The effects are mesmerizing, like a Murman rising from depths of murky marsh water. It starts to get a bit Students Of Decay-ish by 2 minutes in, while “Juice Of My Heart” sucks at ventricles with a leech-hungry abandon, playing a paradox on itself in the heat.

I’ve been really impressed by this release, and best of all it’s in time for Xmas, and it’s “Name your price” on Bandcamp. Go get some, tame your inner vampire, and let the ghosts of halloween come out at night so you can fixate on what pumps the blood to the mind. Utterly non-forgettable, White Blush turns in a corker here – “heaven is a place on Earth with you”.

- Mick Buckingham for Fluid Radio - Fluid Radio


Discography

1. Without You - Single
2. White Blush - S/T

White Blush is streaming on DKFM Shoegaze Radio and Strangeway's Radio, and was featured on music blogs LA Deli Magazine, Impose Magazine, No Fear of Pop, The 405, Fluid Radio, Electronic Rumors, Mixtape Maestro, Listen Before You Buy, and others.

Full list is here: http://www.whiteblushh.com/caplunk/Reviews.html

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Originally from Chicago, White Blush, aka Carol Rhyu, moved to LA for film school and later dropped out to join a synth band. Raised on pop, she started listening to weird music and bought an MC-Roland 808. She scrapped together a handful of bedroom recordings, collaborated with producer friends, and released her self-titled debut EP earlier this year. She then followed up with a pulpy music video for "Juice Of My Heart," which screened at Raindance, Starz Denver Film Festivals, and was a HollyShorts Finalist. Currently, she's working on a full-length album and developing her first feature film, Loves Park.