Monday, September 21, 2015

Paris Angels – Eclipse (2015)

/Madchester, Indie dance, Acid rock, Electronic pop, Indie rock, Baggy, Dance rock, Alternative dance, Psychedelic rock/

Comment: during the first tenure (1990-1992) the Manchester septet Paris Angels produced debut album Sundew which was filled with the Zeitgeist loaded dance rhythms and psychedelic vibes giving bold hints at then flourishing rock and acid house mixed scene in Great Britain. Indeed, Happy Mondays, Northside, Flowered Up, The Stone Roses, Inspiral Carpets, The Shamen, The Charlatans, The Soup Dragons, The Mock Turtles, The Farm if to name some of the most known artists. It was a solid, idiosyncratic music scene having much more power than, for instance, the post punk revival movement emerged in the beginning of the 00s. Paris Angels´ sophomore album Eclipse is finally out though it was initially produced in 1991. And it really measures up. Unfortunately it was kept not to be released at the beginning of the 90s because such quality would have been noticed because the combo had already gotten attention due to the single Perfume. Although all those mandatory baggy/Madchester elements are represented over this 11-bar album the issue involves more new electronic and synthesised sounds additionally. For instance, Door To Summer is a fine example of forging together sunshiny doo wop inspired flower pop and skiddy rhythms with the cream of male and female mixed vocals in front of. This would have been another great indie anthem for the group. Moreover, it would also have been ecstatic, high-bumped Sleeping With Radio OnRise includes an enchanting chorus and orchestration on the top of spastic guitar chords and mellow noises. Complete Mind starts off with Kraftwerk-ian electronics to delve into dreamy house-influenced electronic (dance) pop which would freely be a part of the repertoire of such bands as Saint Etienne, Moloko, and Lamb, for instance. It could be said the band slightly distanced itself from the baggy style to move on toward a more electronic music scene which embarked on in the 00s actually. Only Stairs To The Sun is a straightforward, remotely lad/pub rock inspired torrent of the guitars. In a nutshell, it is one of the best albums in 2015 so far. It is thoroughly inspiring and nostalgic at the same time. 
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