RIYL: Bedhead, Red House Painters, Codeine
Label: Numero Group
Often labeled as âyour favorite indie bandâs favorite indie bandâ, Duster is not an easyÂ band to define.Â Â A fan once described themÂ âas if the heater is on, butÂ I canât feel itâ.Â Whether youÂ heardÂ StratosphereÂ playing in a CD Warehouse in 1998 or randomly clickedÂ a Youtube link of theirs decades later, their striking singularityÂ compelled you to stop what you were doing and listen.Â Duster helped steer indie rock into new landscapes before the world was ready.Â Similar to The Velvet Underground, Dusterâs influence wasnâtÂ seen above the surface while they were active, but they inspired countless bands and music labels thatÂ came after, bleeding into the fringe of indie rock as it shifted into a more established medium in the early aughts.Â Absolutely 100% essential listening.Â A brand new generation of listeners has rediscovered the band in recent years and, in response, reignited an interest in the music press.
Hereâs the bad news.Â While I was frantically trying to write this up earlier today, the colored vinyl edition sold out.Â The good news, though, is that the black vinyl, which is also limited, is still available.Â Even if there were 10,000 of these made, youâre getting both of their studio albums, their early EPs and 7âłs and aÂ collection of unreleased musicâŚall for $55.Â Â That equates to $13.75 per LP.Â If youâre a big Duster fan, todayâs a day for rejoicing.Â If Duster never floated into your radar, hereâs your second chance.Â Listen to the music below and grab the set after the âbuyâ link.
Mastered from a mix of crusty cassettes, decaying DATs, and warbly analog tape,
Capsule Losing Contact is housed in a rusted slipcase with all four albums secured in heavy weight tip-on jackets. An accompanying lyric book guides the listener through Dusterâs lo-fi worldview, adorned with the last gasps of an expired golden age as captured on Polaroid and disposable Kodak cameras.
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive