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Various Artists

"Blisscent II" CD

Blisscent Records

Genres: dream pop, indie pop, shoegazer

Oct 27 - Nov 2 2003

After a very solid first volume, shoegazer and dream pop label Blisscent Records is at it again.  This time around, they've come up with fifteen tracks from a nice selection of well-known (Silverman, Skywave, Hopewell, and A Northern Chorus) and less common (Color Wall, Midsummer, and Turnerjoy) names.  While all of this material is already available on albums and EPs on other labels, Blisscent has done a good job of bringing the listener a wide assortment of new and appealing sounds to peruse.  If nothing else, this compilation will serve to acquaint you with some new bands to check out.

Things start off really well with Silverman's endlessly infectious "Ctrl Alt Del" and The Autumns' catchy (albeit long) "Slumberdoll (Demo)."  Meanwhile, Stars of Stage and Screen's "Silver Memories" is pure pretty pop, Scarling's "Band Aid Covers the Bullet Hole" is a sweet and yet spunky scorcher, and A Northern Chorus's "Let the Parrots Speak for Themselves" is a characteristically beautiful piece from the Ontario shoegazer group.  The fun continues on the second half of the disc.  Hopewell's "Contact" is blazing dream-rock, Moonbabies' "Fieldtrip U.S.A (Rough Mix)" is a dreamy pop number with some Gomez and Cornershop influences, and Asobi Seksu's "Walk on the Moon" is enough to get your humming for days on end.

This compilation, not strictly limited to the shoegazer and dream pop styles, is an excellent selection of pop music from fifteen different bands.  Recommended. 


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 15 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]