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Rural Psychedelia

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Rural Psychedelia album cover
My Dreaming Hill
A Silent Tide
Make me Dream
Popol Vuh 2
The Drowners
Popol Vuh 1
The Season is Ours
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 50:14

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a nice hush of hum


Very excellent hum of a record and the cover of Suede's "The Drowners" is choice.

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Buried under white noise


Maybe I'm just missing something here, but it seemed like anything that may have been nice about the music in this album was buried under a cloud of white noise. I had such an unpleasant experience listening to this album that I actually deleted it from my hard drive after only making my way half-way through it -- and in the years I've been on this site I have never done this before, nor felt inspired to write a negative review. Again, though, maybe I'm just missing something about the appeal of this album since so many other people here seem to like it.

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This album completely shattered me. Where has it been all my life? I love how they recorded it on their home stereo too.

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switched reviews


eMusic has switched the reviews for this and the Goodbye EP.

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Total Class


Seen the albums, never been sure whether to part with that hard earned cash...., all now sitting in my Save for Later. Crushing, beautiful & uplifting. My Dreaming Hill is just superb. Frightening when there's music out there like this, and i don't know about it!

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Misleading Title


This is the same album as the self-titled. Keep that in mind, I didn't :(

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still in a world all its own


sure, we got the overeffected guitar washes from the shoegazers. and sure we got the avant-experimental approach to traditional song writing from krautrock. but mix it with folk? and record it in a barn with a cheap ass 4 track (or at least make it sound like it)? nope, no one has put such a package together and the results are genuine and enthralling.

They Say All Music Guide

Seemingly emerging out of nowhere following an initial single or two, Flying Saucer Attack’s debut album crystallized an incipient 1990s underground as in thrall to folk music as to feedback blasts and Krautrock influences. The description the band members themselves used, also considered by some as an alternate title to this album, was “rural psychedelia,” and rarely has form so readily followed function. The original duo of Pearce and Brook, with some help from friend/Third Eye Foundation mainman Matt Elliott on percussion and clarinet (thus creating an even more alien atmosphere on “Moonset”), created a thick, evocatively haunting collection of modern mind-blowers. If any one thing could be singled out about the album, it’s the continual contrast between Pearce’s soft, reflective singing, often sunk deep into the overall mix and treated with heavy-duty echo, and his often tremendous guitar work, electric squalls, and drones piled atop one another. Songs like the exultant “Wish” and “A Silent Tide” are the breathtaking results. Initial comparisons were made to My Bloody Valentine and the shoegazing crowd, but they’re misplaced — it’s a consciously different style employing some similar elements, but with notably varying results. Two astonishing drone/tribal instrumentals are named “Popol Vuh 2″ and “Popol Vuh 1,” both open tips of the hat to the long-lived German experimental group. The completely out-of-left-field number, though, is the cover of Suede’s “The Drowners” — changing nothing about the pace but overdriving the feedback and relentlessly toning down the vocals, FSA turn the neo-glam piece into a noisefest beyond description. Compared to later albums, Flying Saucer Attack sets more of an immediately consistent mood — some numbers aside, the dreamy singing, the seemingly straightforward guitar parts that get more involved the more one listens, and more continue from track to track, generally speaking. The end results, though, are more than worth it. – Ned Raggett

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