When news echoed through the canyons of the blogosphere in 2013 that My Bloody Valentine was finally going to release their follow-up to the mythical and inimitable Loveless, we could all feel something strange and wonderful stirring in the breeze. ¬†There was a faint hope that other groups from that incredible era would follow suit…and they f-ing did. ¬†Slowdive reunited after 20 years, Ride just recently played their first shows since their break-up in 1996, and Swervedriver released their first album since 1998. ¬†We’ve had plenty of new bands adopting the shoegaze aesthetics, but it’s real damn cool to be able to see the originators come back into the limelight.
Despite a 10 year hiatus after their drugged out¬†eponymous¬†album in 1992, The Telescopes have¬†been steadily making new material since 2002. ¬†Their lineup has changed a few times, but their swirling mind-bending space jams have remained intact, and the psych-enthusiast Fuzz Club Records is¬†throwing them into their 6th Split Series release.
What makes some of these Split Series releases so special is the pairing of legends with proteges. ¬†Alan Vega and Anton Newcombe, two essential artists from decades past, were paired with The Vacant Lots in Split #5, who sound like the perfect hybrid between Suicide and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. ¬†Now, A Place to Bury Strangers gets to pay their respects to The Telescopes, who are undoubtedly a huge influence. ¬†Even more, The Telescopes are covering The Stooges’ I Wanna Be Your Dog, who were unquestionably a huge influence on them. ¬†Music may be cyclical, but these 10″s are great indicators¬†that it’s¬†still alive and thriving.
Prices are still high for the Fuzz Club releases, but the quality and thought behind these records¬†are superb. ¬†No music from the release is available to stream yet, so check out a few favorite tracks below.
No. 6 in the Fuzz Club 10" split series singles. Limited to 1000 copies. 200 on transparent orange / 800 on white vinyl.
A Place to Bury Strangers - Down the Stairs
The Telescopes - I Wanna Be Your Dog
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- Not My Style
- Too Expensive