The highly regarded yet never quite made it Acetone are given an anthology for the very first time. They were taken on tour by fans of the band Oasis, Spiritualised, and The Verve, with their mix of country, psych, surf and indie their songs are timeless and filled with place and feeling. Features tracks taken from across their 5 albums as well as 9 unreleased tracks and demos from recordings in their practice room.
Vinyl Double LP £35.49 LITA159LPX
Blue vinyl 2LP on Light in The Attic, housed in a deluxe gatefold Stoughton tip-on jacket. Includes 9 previously unreleased tracks. Audio restored and remastered from original tapesCD on Light In The Attic. Includes 9 previously unreleased tracks. Au.
Vinyl Double LP £34.98 LITA159LP
Black vinyl 2LP on Light in The Attic, housed in a deluxe gatefold Stoughton tip-on jacket. Includes 9 previously unreleased tracks. Audio restored and remastered from original tapes.
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Despite being asked to tour with the likes of Oasis, Mazzy Star, The Verve, and Spiritualized, Acetone never quite made it and tragically singer Richie Lee committed suicide in 2001.
It's easy to see why they didn't hit pay dirt though. Their music is quiet, intimate and swings in a jazzy manner but lacks the emotional power of a Low or the unique slo-mo drift of Mazzy Star. There were loads of bands like this around in the 90's - Kingsbury Manx, Bedhead, Film School and American Analog Set to name just four and it's easy to see why they can't be all popular. Acetone for all their gorgeous guitar interplay and brushed percussion lack a certain something and their music drifts over you like an inconsequential but pleasant breeze. The main issue is a lack of character in the vocals, put someone like Kurt Wagner over this and you are in business.
It sounds like I have a downer on Acetone but not vat all. It's lovely slowcore for fans of Galaxie 500 to enjoy - I'm just having a hard time figuring why they get the Lights in the Attic re-issue treatment over the heaps of similar outfits who made quiet music around the turn of the milennium.
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