Boring Machines Disturbs Sleep: Relay : "Still Point Of Turning" Preview

Boring Machines Disturbs Sleep

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Relay : "Still Point Of Turning" Preview

One website I havve frequented over the last 3 or 4 years is the Almostcool Music Review site. Almostcool has written over 1800 reviews during a 10+ year period. I have found out about many great artists due to his sheer passion for music. To say that he knows his stuff is an understatement.

He posts at least 5 reviews per week spanning a variety of leftfield genres. One of his most recent reviews that caught my eye, was for Philadelphia based dream rockers Relay. Shoegaze is a horrible name for a genre, and one Relay are lumped in with. But in all reality, the term shoegaze has never came close to describing the sounds bands like Relay create.

Relay are the project of one Jeff Ziegler, a studio engineer who has spent the last 5 or so years producing a myriad of bands in his own home. He has transfered his studio skills to his Relay project, which started out as a a simple bedroom/four-track experiment and has since developed into a fully-fledged four-piece band.

They have just released their new LP, "A Still Point Of Turning" on Bubblecore Records. A record that prompted Almostcool to score it at 7.75/10 (trust me, this is a remarkably high score for him). In fact, he has proclaimed it as one of the best shoegaze releases he has heard in a long time.

According to Philadelphia Weekly, Relay "spins out carefully crafted dark-pop, taut yet spacey, noisy yet melodic".

I have yet to recieve my copy from Bubble Core, but from what I have heard so far tracks such as "Driver" and "New Domestic Landscape" are top quality guitar pop. They have a knack of creating a thick, syrupy and highly melodic sound.

You can read the full Almostcool review (complete with a podcast) here. You can also check out Relay's dream-rock sound here, while go to Bubble Core to order it. The band plan to tour extensively, while writing new material. This proves you can never keep a good band down. Bring on the LP!!.

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