The first release in fifteen years from Flying Saucer Attack sees David Pearce perform 15 new lo-fi tracks recorded at home. One to be listened to from beginning to end, this British space rock album resonates, drones and creates a stunning emotional arc from start to finish. Vinyl double LP or CD from Domino.
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Returning after a sleepy 15 years is the noisewagon of David Pearce’s Flying Saucer Attack on Domino. I guess all the vaguely shoegazey '90's groups are getting bored of early retirements so why not make some more music? Because the world’s shoegaze quota is already full.
Luckily, Instrumentals 2015 isn’t a fully sun-scorched guitar sizzlefest that defined landmark FSA releases like New Lands, which may well piss a few longtime fans off. Ian will retch at the thought of artists abandoning their shoegaze roots but in this case the ambience is so quieting that my hand stopped mid-slap in front of his face. This is less of a wall of guitar noise and more subtle and organic, hovering still for moments before building washy phrases almost unnoticeably. Delicious control of dynamics here; it’s not just full-on abrasion, sort of like Hammock but not quite as obviously comforting.
It’s not an ironic name, there are no soft vocals to be found here. It’s a full record of pretty, stargazing guitars on the edge of overdrive, the lofi tone adding a warm sheen. Leeds today also has a warm sheen so this totally fits as I gaze at the reflection of the glorious outdoors through the iMac screen. Why aren’t open air record warehouses a thing?
*Initial copies come with a bonus CD that seems to be mostly made up of American Music Club and Sandy Denny Songs*
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