Singers and songwriters Larissa Loyva and Elisha May Rembold were already fixtures in the Vancouver music scene before bringing their talents together to comprise the dream-pop band Fake Tears.
Loyva has toured with Destroyer and has worked with outfits like P:ano and the Choir Practice. Rembold plays bass for Shimmering Stars and fronts Lost Lovers Brigade (which also features Loyva). Both have lended their voices to COOL TV.
Fake Tears first got its start in 2012 when Loyva sought to form an all-female musical supergroup. After members slowly filtered out, Loyva and Rembold were left with each other. The duo has since played together for the past three years, perfecting their sonic aesthetic and establishing their creative focus.
Now, at long last, the girls have released their debut full-length album, Nighshifting, and, as one might expect from the credence of the band members, it’s a little slice of pop heaven.
On Nightshifting, Loyva and Rembold’s voices beautifully fuse together in haunting harmonies that spill over layers of hazy synth. The album title isn’t the only 1980’s reference (think Commodores) by a long shot: hooky electronica melodies reminiscent of the decade’s love for Yamaha anchor the nine tracks — “Rite of the First Nite” even samples Taylor Dane’s crimped-hair classic, “Tell It To My Heart.”
Although one could certainly get lost in all the fog, Nightshifting is a well-crafted compilation worth getting totally swept away in.
Fake Tears perform at the Waldorf on August 29.