Tag: Dream Pop

1992, Music

Down Colorful Hill (1992) by Red House Painters

I do not know the history of slowcore, as I am only familiar with a few bands (5 or so tops) that would be considered slowcore and who existed in 1992. So I find myself unable to assess whether or not this is an important record in the development of the genre, given that lack …

1992, Music

Going Blank Again (1992) by Ride

I thought I was getting shoegaze, and I do.. But there’s a lot of other stuff going on here that isn’t strict shoegaze. One of the things that I don’t love about some shoegaze is the relentless commitment to one particular style. But there’s enough variety here that I’m kept interested. Also, the songs are …

1980, Music

The Return of the Durutti Column (1980)

This is a really unique take on Post Punk, if it can even be called that, featuring expressive guitar playing over some pretty minimalist bass and drums (sometimes not even that). In fact, it’s more the era it was made in and the legendary post punk producer who supervised it that mark it out as …

1996, Music

The Curtain Hits the Cast (1996) by Low

Not knowing Slowcore well enough, this feels like Slowcore brought to its logical conclusion. These songs are slow. But it’s remarkable how good some of the songs are (I like “The Plan” most) and it’s also impressive that the band can get dynamic tension out such a small sound and such simple music. That’s a …

1991, Music

Yerself is Steam (1991) by Mercury Rev

Mercury Rev combine recent goings on in Shoegaze with psychedelia (to a greater extent than the British Shoegaze bands that inclined that way) and a knack for poppy hooks. The result is a bizarre, perhaps too ambitious, crazy record that is better than anything the Lips had managed up till that point. (Why compare them? …

1991, Music

Recurring (1991) by Spacemen 3

I understand why people like this stuff and I understand why it’s trailblazing. (Though I’m not exactly sure why some people consider this shoegaze, though that is a different story…) But I have two problems with this record that keep me from giving it the respect a lot of people think it deserves. The first …

2013, Music

The Terror (2013) by the Flaming Lips

I have avoided everything the Lips have done in studio since Embryonic – I saw them live last summer – for two reasons: because I am adverse to weird formats and must admit that I am just a CD kind of guy and because Coyne kept promising “guitars” for album after album and instead we …