Here is something a bit different. Rather than something in the synthpop, minimal wave, or post-punk vein, this is a late-80s shoegaze record from San Francisco. A totally fuzzed-out, noisy, reverbed shoegaze gem that any fan will probably love. Sure, they wear their influences on their sleeve (Jesus and Mary Chain, House of Love, et al...), but the record is so good that I forgive them. It's dark, sometimes melodic, and often beautiful. The song Time Machine is a wonderfully infectious single, and Better This Way is a dense, effected wall of noise. Since shoegaze is finally back in vogue with the reformation of bands like My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Mary Chain, Swervedriver, and new bands like A Place to Bury Strangers, Ceremony, Shocking Pinks, The Raveonettes, etc, maybe now this release will get the appreciation it deserves, albeit 20 years too late.
The Pop On Trial: Timemachine EP
1989, Soon Records
A1 She's a Time Machine
A2 Bumble Bee
B1 Something Special
B3 Better This Way
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