Portland natives Blouse have shed the synths, done away with drum machines, and wrote and recorded with “instruments that don’t plug into the wall,” for Imperium, their 2nd LP.

They are delicate songs from the perspective of a valley girl who grew up with gurus and ashrams played by indie lifers on a steady diet of NEU! It makes it all the more understandable to have showers of acoustic guitars and (real, not synthesized) cellos interrupted by fuzz guitar.

“In a Feeling Like This” describes it perfectly, it’s a strange place that you’re weirdly familiar with. Warm but also kind of spooky and imposing, you want to stay there for longer than you’re invited.

Thankfully, it’s ok to flip it over and listen to it again.