Here they are coming through a waft of fuzz and haze are six Australians who, following on from their debut, wanted to make something noisier....and simply more. The record apparently is about dreams. ghosts and the sort of scary stuff that haunts your sleep. Such as.......did I switch the oven off?
Cream with Purple Haze coloured vinyl LP on Hobbledehoy Records.
CD on Hobbledehoy Records. Comes in 4-panel card wallet.
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More shoegaze. This reminds me of that day the Revolver album came out. It's well produced and well put together, it sounds like shoegaze but where is the visceral excitement of the sense of the unknown? My Bloody Valentine need to come back sharp-ish with another track like 'Wonder 2' to show all these pretenders how it's done. There's the occasional surprising chord change as in 'Secret Wisdom' where things have that disconcerting wooziness but there's also lots of straight down the line meat and potatoes shoegaze where you can predict where the songs are about to go way before they do so.
I like unpredictable music but I know I'm in a minority so if you like the shoegaze sound and want more of it then this will do a job. To me the album is way better when experimenting. The title track is an example of the band pushing their boundaries a bit and the result is more interesting. This has those blocks of noise Shields was so good at but is also rather brief as the band rush to get back to something more linear. It's not a dislikable album by any degree but I do wish these kind of bands would start pushing themselves a bit and create create something new out of the sounds they are influenced by rather than retreads of the past.
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