RIYL: My Bloody Valentine, Pale Saints, Lush, Rocketship, Fleeting Joys
Label: Shelflife / Seksound / Vinyl-Junkie Records
Northern¬†dreampop/shoegaze veterans¬†Pia Fraus is back with a new album!
The Estonian band was formed¬†the late 90’s, and is a rare diamond in the shoegaze-comunity. Their first album was released in 2001, and their sound was from day 1 quite unique. Some of their aesthetics seemed to me to be pulled from the “Ecstasy”/”Strawberry Wine” era My Bloody Valentine, and evolved into¬†a richer, northern sound¬†with a lush, easygoing¬†feel to it. Like a warm breeze through the snowy mountains, Pia Fraus will soothe your soul and warm your vessel. ¬†Oh, did I mention¬†the shared boy/girl vocal-thingy?¬†These guys have freakin¬†perfected it¬†throughout their whole catalogue.
Field Ceremony marks the¬†Pia Fraus’ first album since 2008, and it is a most welcome return. Whithin Pia Fraus’ hiatus, the core of the group has been focusing Immandra Lake, which has¬†a more tranquil expression and¬†Estonian lyrics. Also definitely worth checking out!
This album is a joint release by Shelflife (US)/Seksound (EU)/Vinyl-Junkie Records (JP), and the limited amount of vinyl is divided into 250 via¬†Shelflife and 222 via Seksound (copies via Seksound are hand numbered #/222).
*FOR THE EU FOLLOW THIS LINK¬†TO¬†SEKSOUND
Release date: October 13, 2017
Catalogue number: LIFE157
Pressing: 250 copies in North America
Artwork by: Kaarel & Leonhard Vahtram√§e
1. It's Over Now
2. Never Again Land
3. Autumn Winds
4. Mountain Trip Guide
5. No Filters Needed
6. Endless Clouds
7. Sugar High of the Year
8. Don't Tell Me How
9. Brutal Truth of the World
10. That's Not All
After releasing a string of singles starting in 2016, Pia Fraus are now releasing their first full-length album entitled Field Ceremony in almost a decade. Both the "Autumn Winds" and "That's Not All" singles have been met with critical acclaim, creating anticipation for the forthcoming new album. On October 12th in the U.S. and Oct 16th in Europe and Japan, the decade long wait for a new Pia Fraus album will be over. Released on Seksound (Europe), Shelflife (U.S.), and Vinyl-Junkie Records (Japan), Field Ceremony is a triumphant return for the band, bringing back their signature dreampop sounds alongside fresh takes on pop structures. From the beautifully composed pop delicacies of "No Filters Needed" to the almost slowcore dreaminess of "Don't Tell Me How" to the explosive pop of "Sugar High of the Year", Pia Fraus bring to the table a dreampop brightness tinged with the more somber elements of life.
Eve Komp (vocals, synths, metallophone), K√§rt Ojavee (synths), Rein Fuks (guitars, vocals, percussion), Reijo Tagapere (bass), and Margus Voolpriit (drums) come together once again to produce Field Ceremony. Former member Kristel Eplik returns to record backing vocals and Pia Fraus' former drummer, Joosep Volk, also returned to direct the video for "That's Not All". The album has been mixed and mastered on analog desk by the band's longtime friend Lauri Liilvak.
The dreampop veterans in Pia Fraus are back after over a decade. Field Ceremony is a demonstration of the band's continued contribution to the dreampop genre. Fans will be pleased with the results and new listeners will be in for a treat as they encounter this long awaited new work from the dreampop masters.
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive