Teetering on the Edge of Quiet…
Here is a record which brings us about 10 years ago, when guitar "indie" bands were recording lots of albums on Creation. This 4 tracks e.p. is directly influenced by bands like Pale Saints, Slowdive, Ride or the Boo Radleys at their beginning.
A lackadaisical and melancholic noisy-pop, nervous or restrained, with a typical "indie" sound. Nothing really new but nicely produced with an up-to-date sound. Fat Cat Records, Di Lacuna's label, usually releases more electronic-oriented minimalist bands, like Mice Parade.
The A face offers two tracks with vocals, indie guitar sounds, like a more nervous Blind M. Jones. The B face is instrumental with nice electronic soundscapes, in the same way as if Mogwai was mixed by the Pixies and Tarwater. The sleeve (by Raynor & Mule) shouldn't be forgotten, kind of a manga picture, black and white. Not the best band of the year, but very interesting and pleasant. I'd like to listen to a full-length album though.
Di Lacuna :
Fat Cat Records, 1999
Mixed and cut at Abbey Road, London, 1999.
Heimdallr, November 1999.