Belying the Sonic Youth redux implications of their band name, Halifax, Nova Scotia's Eric's Trip the title of a track from Daydream Nation were more the epitome of Superchunk 's noise-pop aesthetic. On their third official album, Purple Blueshades of Dinosaur Jr. The Rick White songs are definitive noise-pop: short, concise, and roughed-up with distortion and occasionally eruptions into the Neil Young style of guitar pyrotechnics favored by J Masciswhile the Julie Doiron songs have Hand On Your Heart - Steps - The End Of The Road (VHS) quiet-loud-quiet dynamics and sweet sing-songy vocals favored by Kim Deal and company.
This is not to say the band is derivative, but a cursory listen to Purple Blue should allow even an amateur musical historian to place this album in context. The only anomaly is the "medley" "Introduction into The Parts 1 to 4," an ill-advised song suite that's in reality a muddled hodgepodge consisting of an opening blast of feedback followed by an acoustic ditty sung by Whitea dreamy ballad sung by Doirona fuzz guitar and brushed drums shoegaze samba, and a slow-motion piano-dappled dreamscape, all tied together with smidgens of lackluster audience applause that only serves to confuse the listener, especially as it's the album opener.
The remainder of the album sets forth the band's blueprint of psych- and noise-tinged anthemic pop with just enough dissonance and dynamics to keep the mosh pit moving.
It spans the gamut from My Bloody Valentine -esque waltz-time dream pop like "Universal Dawn" to driving motorik like "Sixteen Hours" to rollicking stompers like "Spaceship Opening. And with most songs around or under the three-minute mark, if one track doesn't inspire there will be another one just around the corner. It will be a shame if history doesn't remember Eric's Trip in the same canon as their more Everybody Pays Some Dues - Royal Southern Brotherhood - The Royal Gospel peers, but the U.
Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Release Date January 16, Recording Location CMS basement. Track Listing. Eric's Trip. Introduction into the Sixteen Hours. Eyes Shut. Alone and Annoyed. Spaceship Opening.
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