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Air Formation
Stay Inside / Feel Everything
Clairecords
www.clairecords.com


Here it is, folks… my final installment in the new shoegaze records of 2004. And maybe, I've been saving the best for last. Air Formation makes music the way that music is supposed to be made. Pure and simple. Walls of guitar, floating vocals, heavy use of the ride cymbal, and just enough feedback, all add up to some of the finest rock music that the world has seen since Slowdive's Just For A Day. Most certainly, Neil Halstead can be proud of the effect that his early band has had on the world… and rightly so.

Every moment of Stay Inside/ Feel Everything is a moment of shoegaze brilliance. From the opening delayed guitars and ride cymbal of "Turns Into Sky" to the final seconds of the melancholy "Here Comes The Rain", Air Formation have crafted a piece of musical art that breathes new life into a once dying genre. This is accomplished by adhering to the rules set forth by the earliest shoegazer bands, staying well within the boundaries of the sound, yet not simply playing the same notes by rote. There is no sense of plagiarism here, only that sincerest form of flattery. Air Formation definitely creates their own voice inside the choral of shoegaze.

Songs like "Turns Into Sky" are instantly familiar to a seasoned 'gazer like myself. The slow musical build to a noisy crescendo is compelling and highly enjoyable. The dense guitars of "Fallen Leaves" are comforting to my ears. Dirty bass guitar gives "Seethrustars" an added dimension of sonic fullness. "Stay Inside, Feel Everything" pulls out the production tricks and feels like two songs within a song. It has every single trademark that makes for an undeniably brilliant shoegaze track; vibrant synth pads, ride cymbal, and molasses thick guitars. "Caught Upon The Waves" adds just a bit of indie flair, while "Here Comes The Rain" is set to an ambient noisescape filled with acoustic guitars and pleasant AM radio vocals.

Did I mention the ride cymbal? This is by far one of my favorite records of the new millennium… and I don't think it's only the flu medicine talking.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:

1. Turns Into Sky
2. Fallen Leaves
3. Seethrustars
4. Why I Lost You
5. Full Flight
6. Stay Inside, Feel Everything
7. Caught Upon the Waves
8. Here Comes The Rain


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