Cool cover art on this one. Cool music too from Spotlight Kid who bring us Ten Thousand Hours. The title gives it away to be an expansive, building and crashing shoegaze album in the style of Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine. The drifting female vocals give a feeling of Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell but Ten Thousand Hours has more of a rock edge, making it feel both spaced out and hurtling to earth.
180g vinyl LP. Limited to 250 copies.
LP £20.49 SMR033LP
Limited 180g vinyl LP on Saint Marie. Edition of 250 copies.
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Phil commented quite correctly that there are no good bands with the word ‘kid’ in their name. I’d also like to add that there aren’t that many great bands who have taken their name from a famous album. So Spotlight Kid are 2-0 down before the needle even goes on the record. Luckily they start clawing things back pretty quickly - the flute samples on ‘Sugar Pills’ recall My Bloody Valentine’s ‘Soon’ but the drums are heavy and compressed and the vocals punchy and distinctive.
Just at this precise moment our ‘90’s throwback Ian walks into the room. How could he know? In further pleasing news for him ‘A Minor Character’ features the lyric ‘catch the breeze’ but if he thinks this is some kind of Slowdive wish-wash he’d better get ready to rock baby as these guys have the power rock chops. It sounds more like the heavier thumpier end of shoegaze like Curve and they add a hand waving chorus too which you can’t help but find infectious.It’s a confident, strident album best exemplified on ‘Can’t Let Go’ where Kathy Heath’s vocals twist and turn over each other until you are forced to give in to their charms.
The record will probably most appeal to fans of the brash nu-gaze of Pinkshinyultrablast. Derivative? Yes but the songs are as strong as girders.
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