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Dykehouse Midrange

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Former Planet Mu recording artist Mike Dykehouse signaled his new direction with a reverent cover of Wire's soaring psych-pop classic "Map Ref. 41? N 93? W" on Ghostly's Idol Tryouts comp. With Midrange, he indulges his shoegazer rock fantasies to the hilt. Unfortunately, Dykehouse's transformation from IDM geek to guitar hero has been smooth-too smooth. A gooey sentimentality clogs many of Midrange's 14 tracks. Dykehouse has a soothing, beige voice that gracefully glides over his music, but his 1984-style melodramatic stadium alt-rock and silky smooth interpretations of My Bloody Valentine's tone-bending guitar wizardry seem more like fanboy pandering than inspired homage.