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Soundtrack2 Ep. 87: Fading Out

Al Lover, Boris, SPC ECO, Girl Loves Distortion, Blouse & more

Photo by Phil Askew, luminouslives.com

Burning up, then fading away…

1.   Spacemen 3 – Starship
How the blues should’ve turned out – from the 2007 rarities album of the same name.

2.   Darker My Love – Blue Day
Shredding glam garage rock and roll.

3.   Verma – Salted Earth
Imagine “Radar Love” played by a bunch of  motorik-obsessed psych heads.

4.   Outrageous Cherry – Girl You Have Magic Inside You
’67 psychedelia re-incarnated.

5.   Thee Oh Sees – The Dream
Slightly abrasive, yet stellar ringing garage.

6.   Al Lover – Black Magick Starter Jacket
Killer throbbing psych drone anthem from Satanic Tambourine. Almost asked how I had never heard of him before, but then I remembered his Beefheart tribute. This is way better.

7.   Girl Loves Distortion – Psychic Raygun
Been wanting to play this one for ages…yes.

8.   Vinyl Williams – Higher Worlds
Nice, slightly off-kilter groove here.

9.   Boris – Spoon
You had me at the intro. This is what shoegaze is all about. Thrilling track from upcoming record New Album, due Nov. 25.

10.  Lush – The Invisible Man
This band’s never been among my fave early shoegaze bands, but they’re definitely under-represented on S2.

11.  SPC ECO – Fading Out
This band’s done a lot of great stuff, but I like how this new track off  You Tell Me really channels the Cocteaus.

12.  Blouse – Time Travel
Cool Broadcast-style dark electro popper. Wish I knew what that classic synth sound was from…

13.  Eight And A Half – Scissors (Tokimonsta remix)

Broken Social Scene member’s tune gets the glitchy electronic treatment. Pick ’em both up at the link above.

14.  The Blanche Hudson Weekend – Screen Test
Can’t say I love everything on their new album You Always Loved Violence. But this lonely desert ballad’s drone drew me in.

15.  Icarus Himself – MCO
This reminds me a more muscular Low. Get it on last month’s Career Culture.

16.  Zombie Girlfiend – Sleeping Song
Epic slow burner off The Great Plain.

17.  Chatham Rise – Gone
This band is named after an area of the ocean floor near New Zealand. Real underwater psych drone.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 71: Finally Home

Her Vanished Grace, Colourmusic, Boris, Night Music, SPC ECO & more

Photo by Phil Askew, www.luminouslives.com

Lots of great stuff this week, including three bands named after interesting people. Enjoy!

1.   Colourmusic – Yes!

Want pounding, slightly feverish rock and roll with great use of noise?  Look no further than this US/UK group. Taken the very good My ________ Is Pink album.

2.   Headtime – Slowly

Echo And The Bunnymen-style opener gives way to explosion of rock and roll. Couldn’t find much info on the band – anyone?

3.   Endless Wave – Land Of The Sun

Boston band drops some shoegaze with great Zeppelinesque choruses.

4.   SPC ECO – Gone

Regular listeners know that we love SPC ECO here at S2, so we just had to feature another tune from the Big Fat World EP. Huge, ethereal shoegaze loveliness by former Curve man and friends.

5.   Her Vanished Grace – Passenger

Is this from the new Ivy album? Nope, it’s some dreamy power pop outta New York. [Update: I’ve replaced the band link above, which also has this track available as a free download.]

6.   Rebecca Peake – In The Park

A Google search reveals several Rebecca Peakes, but none of them have much to do with this band’s sound. Dig in for 7+ minutes of ringing, distorted guitars over midtempo shoegaze melodies.

7.   The Chemical Brothers – Let Forever Be

Psychedelic dancefloor classic with killer vocals from Noel Gallagher. It’s off Surrender.

8.   Boris – Hope

Pulled from Attention Please, one of two new albums by the band. This is their shoegaze-y one, which has some good tracks and vocals by Wata. Like the use of strings on this.

9.   The Men – ( )

Holy sh!t. If there were any more guitars on this, I’m sure it’d set a world record. Iggy-inspired rock and roll overload from Leave Home.

10.  And So I Watch You From Afar – Gang (starting never stopping)

Irish band drops a frenetic combination of Battles, fusion heroes like Billy Cobham (see Spectrum), and Van Halen. This has been out for a while but I haven’t figured out where to slot it in till now.

11.  Sri Aurobindo – Towards The Sun

Named after a famous nationalist from India, these guys have their drone down.

12.  The December Sound – Drone Refusenik

Speaking of drone, prepare for a psychedelic journey eastward on this track.

13.  Moonbeams – Sundays

Stephen Merritt-indebted shoegaze off their latest album The Daisy Chain.

14.  Honey – Counting Seasons

This Glasgow band seemingly came from nowhere, but we’ve fallen for this epic dream rock tune from Taste It And See. Free download through link above.

15.  Illogical Time Concerns – Holes Of Colors

Another one by this San Fran band, but from Post AD, downloadable for free via above link. Love the dripping vocals over shadowy beats: “Don’t say too much…don’t say enough…”

16.  Alan Watts – Jukebox Dad

Named after the American philosopher and Buddhist, this band delivers a subterranean, highly distorted psych dirge.

17.   Night Moves – Finally Home

First:  this track is from their wonderful album Coloured Emotions, available for free via their website. Go get it. Second: on this track the Minneapolis band somehow managed to bottle Broken Social Scene during their beautiful, quiet moments.

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