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Ethereal Wave

Posted in Dream pop, Ethereal Wave, Shoegaze by newmusicexcess on April 12, 2010

Autumn's Grey Solace - Within The Depths Of A Darkened Forest

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)

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Engineers – Three Fact Fader

Posted in Dream pop, Indie Rock, Post-rock, Shoegaze by newmusicexcess on December 21, 2009

Track listing:

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!

Reviewed at:

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

PopMatters – http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/116472-engineers-three-fact-fader/

Lost At Sea – http://www.lostatsea.net/review.phtml?id=10606239904b235b537f2c1

All Music Guide  – http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:0xftxztaldse~T1