After immersing myself in Fields Of The Nephilim on Sunday I suppose it is only inevitable that one of my ‘similar artist’ type investigation takes me down a route to another related genre. This morning I have been listening to Autumn’s Grey Solace’s debut album, from 2000, Within the Depths of a Darkened Forest.
Ethereal Wave grew out of Gothic Rock via the early work of Cocteau Twin and Dead Can Dance, and anyone who is already acquainted with Shoegaze and Dreampop will hear the overlap with those two genres.
Here is a list of albums to check out, both in terms of influencing it’s development and bands from within the genre.
- The Cure – Faith (1981)
- Siouxsie and the Banshees – A Kiss In The Dreamhouse (1982)
- Dead Can Dance – Dead Can Dance (1984)
- This Mortal Coil – It’ll End In Tears (1984)
- Cocteau Twins – Victorialand (1986)
- Area – Radio Caroline (1987)
- All About Eve – All About Eve (1988)
- This Ascension – Tears In Rain (1989)
- Slowdive – Just For A Day (1991)
- Low – If I Could Live In Hope (1994)
- Faith And Disease – Beauty And Bitterness (1993)
- Lycia – Estrella (1998)
- Aenima – Revolutions (1999)
- Trance To The Sun – Atrocious Virgin (2001)
- Autumn’s Grey Solace – Within The Depths Of A Darkened Forest (2002)
- Loveliecrushing – CRWTH (2010)
This is the first of several posts where I will be suggesting 5 to 10 albums that are closely related in some way, either through the sound or generally, due to genre. So, this time around the starting point is the gloom pop/shoegaze band Fantome. Enjoy!
Fantome – Velvet On The Air
Mira – Mira
Tearwave – Tearwave
Ports Of Call – Like Thieves
Con Dolore – Sailor’s Warning
Unfortunately I could not find a video/track on YouTube for this one.
2. Take Off
3. Before Tomorrow
6. Over The Limit
8. From My Perspective
9. Displacement & Time
10. Transmission Tower
Landing by Githead is a melding of music into a smooth, steady reliable delivery. With drums and bass providing the solid framework over which the guitars can layer their melodic chimes and accents, atop this rides the almost dispassionate vocals. After several listens it certainly makes me want to check out the record collection for My Bloody Valentine, Lush, Curve, Ride, Stereolab, Bolshoi and a bit of Wire.
Dusted Magazine – http://www.dustedmagazine.com/reviews/5367
Drowned In Sound – http://drownedinsound.com/releases/14860/reviews/4138380
3. On My Honor
5. Dead Doctors Don’t Lie
6. In the Dirt
7. Ghost Colony
9. Bat Lies
I can pretty much sum Ghost by Tape Deck Mountain up in one equation, (33.3333333/45)rpm x ((Slowdive + Jesus and Mary Chain + Stone Roses) x uber-reverb). But, of course, I really love it! It’s a bizarre holiday science project set to music.
Pitchfork – http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/13757-ghost/
Prefixmag.com – http://www.prefixmag.com/reviews/tape-deck-mountain/ghost/33399/
1. Clean Coloured Wire
2. Sometimes I Realise
3. International Dirge
4. Helped by Science
5. Brighter As We Fall
6. Hang Your Head
7. Crawl From the Wreckage
8. Three Fact Fader
9. Song For Andy
10. Emergency Room
11. The Fear Has Gone
12. Be What You Are
13. What Pushed Us Together
Engeeners second album, Three Fact Finder, is a trippy, loopy and laid back ride through laconic sonic diversity. Simon Phipps’ seductive vocals ride on a heady flow of lethargic angst. Shoegaze perfection!
Delusions of Adequacy – http://www.adequacy.net/2009/12/engineers-three-fact-fader/
Drowned In Sound – http://drownedinsound.com/releases/14482/reviews/4137217
musicOMH.com – http://www.musicomh.com/albums/engineers_0709.htm
New Musical Express – http://www.nme.com/reviews/engineers/10633
All Music Guide – http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:0xftxztaldse~T1