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.
2. Stand Up For Leaving
4. Gas Gauge
6. Phone And Finder
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