Year Of Release: 2016
Label: Sonic Cathedral
Genre: Rock, Electronic, Psychedelia, Shoegaze
Quality: Mp3/320 kbps
Total Time: 54:30
Total Size: 132 Mb
01. The Early Years – Nocturne (5:36)
02. The Early Years – Out of Signal (5:11)
03. The Early Years – Fluxus (5:21)
04. The Early Years – For the Fallen (9:24)
05. The Early Years – Hush (5:44)
06. The Early Years – Clone Theory (3:08)
07. The Early Years – Do It (Again) (6:18)
08. The Early Years – Near Unison (2:24)
09. The Early Years – Hall of Mirrors (5:40)
10. The Early Years – Memory Case (5:45)
Almost 10 years since they released their self-titled debut on Beggars Banquet, The Early Years return on September 23 with a brand new album called, simply, ‘II’.
It was recorded in their home studio in rural Cheshire before being mixed in Atlanta, Georgia by Jason Kingsland (Deerhunter) and mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Frank Arkwright (Mogwai, New Order).
It’s a record we have been trying to encourage for the best part of a decade, and it’s well worth the wait. It’s stunning; the sound of a band who have matured and relaxed into their playing, created without any external pressures or expectations. It is also more relevant now than ever, despite their long absence; it towers above the legions of kraut-psych bands who came along in their wake with the sheer scale of its scope and vision.
Opener ‘Nocturne’ is a ferocious collision of man and machine: guitars sounding like Will Sergeant has moved to Neil Young’s farm, Roland TB-303s squelching away and the wild-eyed energy of Julian Cope circa ‘Fried’. Cope and the Bunnymen are reference points throughout, but it also takes in the elegiac New Order of ‘Fluxus’, the Dean Wareham duelling Tom Verlaine solos of ‘Out Of Signal’, the Spiritualized lullaby of ‘Hush’, and the Harmonia-meets-pre-definite-article-Verve of album closer ‘Memory Case’.