Mercury Lounge was the place, and a mellow set of dream-pop/shoegaze tunes from the Depreciation Guild the perfect finish to the weekend.  The Brooklyn-based band played to a relaxed audience on Sunday, marking the final night of a brief tour at the same venue where I first saw them nearly two years ago.

With influences such as My Bloody Valentine, Secret Shine, the Cocteau Twins, and Love Spirals Downwards, the Depreciation Guild’s ethereal tunes ooze gorgeous melodies and shimmery guitars from Christoph Hochheim and Kurt Feldman (drummer for The Pains of Being Pure at Heart), and gentle, understated vocals from the latter.  The band also includes drummer (and Christoph’s twin) Anton Hochheim, and with a fourth member recently added to the live line-up, the band’s onstage sound is nicely expanded with Rafael Radna on bass and keyboards.

Absent from Sunday’s show were the usual visuals that are projected onto a screen behind the band, and instead there was Mercury Lounge’s low lighting, mostly in shades of blue, green and aquamarine.


Taking the few minor technical glitches in stride, and even joking about them, the Depreciation Guild opened with “Sky Ghosts,” from their 2009 debut, In Her Gentle Jaws, and breezed through the set favoring songs from the recently released sophomore album, Spirit Youth (Kanine).  Also included were “Trace,” which sparkled with Hochheim’s tremelo guitar effects, the lullaby-esque “Heavy Eyes,” “Darklooming,” “November,” and the closer, the 2009 single “Dream About Me.”

The support acts were another Brooklyn dream-pop band, Dream Diary, and the Boston-based indie group, Magic Man. –Teresa Sampson, photos by Teresa Sampson