The title of Douse’s first full album, The Light In You Has Left, encapsulates the band’s bittersweet sound. Pensive and plodding, the art rock trio write profound songs often centred around subjects like relationships and personal growth. Where some experimental bands push musical boundaries to the point of obscurity, Douse falls comfortably into folk-based refrains that resonate rather than rattle.

The album leaves an astringent aftertaste, but not one lacking delicacy. As a debut LP, The Light In You Has Left defines the group’s style as tender, giving listeners something to look forward to in the years to come.

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