Category: Chamber/Dream Pop

Flotation Toy Warning – The Machine That Made Us

Flotation Toy Warning – The Machine That Made Us       Flotation Toy Warning have been stealing hearts with their space-rock-chamber-pop since the beginning of the last decade. Their debut Bluffers Guide to the Flight Deck was released worldwide in 2004. It has been a very long wait but their second full-lenght is now […]

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Scott Walker – Scott 4

Scott Walker – Scott 4 Richie Unterberger: ‘Walker dropped out of the British Top Ten with his fourth album: Scott Walker – Scott 4, but the result was probably his finest ’60s LP. While the tension between the bloated production and his introspective, ambitious lyrics remains, much of the over-the-top bombast of the orchestral arrangements […]

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Prefab Sprout – Swoon

Prefab Sprout – Swoon Swoon is the first album by English pop band Prefab Sprout, released in March 1984. It has a markedly different, and less accessible, musical feel than their later works, featuring intricate guitar-based compositions that drew comparisons with Steely Dan and Aztec Camera. AMG Review: Paddy McAloon had not yet found the key […]

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The High Llamas – Hawaii

The High Llamas – Hawaii AMG Review: Sean O’Hagan has a gift for orchestral pop, creating lush soundscapes that are awash with sonic detail. He clearly owes a lot to Brian Wilson, and Hawaii, the High Llamas’ third album, falls somewhere between Pet Sounds and SMiLE. Sonically, the rich, orchestrated production is reminiscent of the former, […]

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Cocteau Twins – The Spangle Maker

Cocteau Twins – The Spangle Maker AMG Review: The first Twins release with Raymonde on bass, Cocteau Twins – The Spangle Maker simply nails it, a note-perfect slice of Twins life which acted as the best possible teaser for the band’s follow-up effort, the peerless Treasure. The title track is the lead number, one of the […]

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Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain

Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain is the debut album by English electronic duo Goldfrapp. It was released in the United Kingdom on 11 September 2000 by Mute Records. The album takes influence from a variety of music styles such as 1960s pop, cabaret, folk and electronica. Felt Mountain peaked at number 57 […]

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Tindersticks – Falling Down A Mountain

Tindersticks – Falling Down A Mountain Tindersticks – Falling Down A Mountain is an album by Tindersticks, released in 2010 on 4AD/Constellation Records. Although the album failed to chart in their homeland, it still became a commercial success in Greece, by charting at #2 spending 5 weeks on the international artist charts.The album was released […]

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Cocteau Twins – Victorialand

Cocteau Twins – Victorialand Victorialand (1986) is the fourth album by Scottish band Cocteau Twins. Working without member Simon Raymonde, who had been enlisted to work on This Mortal Coil’s Filigree & Shadow album, vocalist Elizabeth Fraser and guitarist/producer Robin Guthrie produced a record almost completely devoid of percussion, drenching acoustic guitars in reverberant space […]

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Tindersticks – The Something Rain

Tindersticks – The Something Rain Tindersticks – The Something Rain is the ninth studio album by British band Tindersticks, released in February 2012 on their own Lucky Dog Recordings label in the UK, on City Slang Records in Europe, and on Constellation Records in North America. AMG review:  The Something Rain, Tindersticks’ ninth album, stubbornly […]

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Jónsi – Go

Jónsi – Go AMG review:  Anyone expecting Jónsi’s solo debut to sound anything much like his work as vocalist with Sigur Rós might be a little shocked. (Only a little, though.) Unlike the sound of the band, which is akin to being enveloped in a great misty cloud of shifting tones and textures, listening to […]

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The Blue Nile – Hats

The Blue Nile – Hats The Blue Nile – Hats is the second album from Glaswegian adult alternative/pop group The Blue Nile, released on 16 October 1989 on Linn Records in the UK and on A&M Records in the US. Lush and evocative, this album is considered by many music critics as the band’s most […]

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Mazzy Star – So Tonight That I Might See

Mazzy Star – So Tonight That I Might See Amazon.com: People tend to confuse the band Mazzy Star with it’s singer Hope Sandoval. Truth be told, they’ve been right all along. Sandoval’s languid, weeping willow voice is Mazzy Star; the name is a mere formality. With nods to Nico and the Velvet Underground, So Tonight […]

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The Cardigans – First Band On The Moon

The Cardigans – First Band On The Moon The Cardigans – First Band On The Moon is the third studio album by The Cardigans. It features the international single “Lovefool”. It was first released on August 12, 1996 and later internationally on September 9, 1996. The album was a major breakthrough for the band, both […]

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Antony And The Johnsons

Antony And The Johnsons – Antony And The Johnsons Since the release of his 2004 sophomore effort “I Am Bird Now” Antony’s profile has sky rocketed worldwide. Now you can immerse yourself in Antony’s wonderous world of where it all began, the genesis of an exceptional talent. “Antony And The Johnsons” is a re issue of the […]

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Cocteau Twins – The Moon and the Melodies

Cocteau Twins – The Moon and the Melodies Cocteau Twins – The Moon and the Melodies (1986) is the product of a one-off collaboration between the Scottish group Cocteau Twins and the American composer Harold Budd. The album has the characteristic style — heavily-treated guitar sounds and euphoric vocalising — that can be heard in […]

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