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Sit Down For Staying
Childstar Records

Another entry into the great shoegazer records of 2004, Charmparticles provides the listener with six tracks of supremely perfect supersonic aural bliss. Probably my favorite of the crop this year, due to their striking use of thick guitars and ride cymbal. Musically, this band provides a neat bridge between early Ride and Slowdive; washy guitars, female/male trade-off vocals, and dreamy song structures all contribute to the instantly comfortable feel of Sit Down For Staying.

"Sixty-Four" is a track vibrant with musical beauty. From the tremolo heavy guitars to the thudding tom-toms, this song is a perfect introduction to your newest favorite shoegaze band. Launching into a more My Bloody Valentine feel on "Stand Up For Leaving", Charmparticles leaves no doubt as to their musical abilities and pedigree. The seven-minute plus "A/O" leaves me swooning, just like the first time I heard Just For A Day - there is enough noise to make it sonically interesting, while maintaining a clean brilliance that stuns the ear.

This release is the first music that I have heard from Charmparticles. I pray to all the gods of music that it is not the last. Sit Down For Staying is instantly comfortable and familiar, while breathing a breath of freshness into an often-stale genre. Find it. Hear it. Love it.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:

1. Sixty-Four
2. Stand Up For Leaving
3. A/O
4. Gas Gauge
5. Solvent
6. Phone And Finder

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