Genres: shoegazer, space rock, psychedelia
729 Central Ave, #203
Alameda, CA 94501
July 22 - 28 2002
and space rockers would be well-advised to check out a copy of Sciflyer's
self-titled debut. Not only is it a solid shoegazer work, but
it's also biting the heels of the big players in space rock
town. The fast-paced, spacey "Beyond The Event
Horizon", for example, features bass and drums as the main
instruments, with minimal melody coming in the form of
heavily-modulated guitar. The peppy drumming and rollicking bassline
lend it a surf-y feeling, resulting in a cool psych-space-surf hybrid.
"The Time Is Right Now", on the other hand, is less
surf-based, and instead focuses more on the spacey side of things.
Intergalactic, echoing guitars are accompanied by slowed-down drums, a
slowly throbbing bassline, and barely audible vocals. The result is
pure spacey bliss. This effect is carried on throughout the remainder
of the album, including a top-grade cover of Pink Floyd's
"Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun"; as you can
imagine, 'gazer fans will be more than delighted.
All around, this is a great debut. The band takes advantage
of primitive recording techniques (some of this was taped onto an old 1972
reel to reel four-track) and produces a nice selection of
feedback-drenched, throbbing space-songs. And while they're Bloody
good, they ain't no Valentine.
36 min 45 sec; six tracks; distributed by Clairecords;