San Fran's finest twee pop act, The Aislers Set originally unleashed their delicately strummed, totally loopy brand of romantic songs in the late '90s. Influenced by the '60s in the way they wrote love songs -- stoically, as well as sadly -- they also brought in elements of garage rock and post-punk, while doing silly things like jamming keyboards and throwing in trumpets. Now Suicide Squeeze reissues 'How I Learned To Write Backwards', originally released in 2002, before their breakup.
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The good will out eventually. Aislers Set were a late ‘90’s San Francisco band who stood out from many of their fellow twee-poppers in that they had songwriting ‘chops’ intact and that they sounded like they had emerged blinking from some 1960’s bolt-hole. I say ‘they’ but Aislers Set was generally the brainchild of Amy Linton, previously of mod-ish noise pop band Henry’s Dress.
This was their third and final album and opener ‘Catherine Says’ exemplified everything that was good about them, 60’s girl group vocals and spacey Brian Wilson type reverbed production. They aren’t afraid of a slow burner on this album. ‘Emotional Levy’ starts with just vocals and bass for what in 2014 seems like aaaaaages but when it bursts into a chorus you’ll be glad you waited. Hey did Panda Bear listen this? They could do Black Tambourine style fuzz pop too if they liked (‘Languor in the Balcony’) but a lot of the record has this odd stripped down style with eerie melodies which take awhile to get into your craw.
Truth be told, I’m not even sure ‘How I Learned to Write Backwards’ is their best record. Its introverted at times, and rather navel gazing sounding like The Ronettes on severe downers but it’s part of a journey. One that ended in 2004 but is now seeing a re-issue programme thanks to Suicide Squeeze.
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