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Type of music generally:
Ethereal trippy alternative pop
Most recent release, Viva Me (2010, a digital release of material recorded 1998–1999); most recent physical and contemporary-with-recording release, Brokeheart Audio (1998)
Perfume Tree, occasionally Pram-like in the delicate, sometimes off-kilter vocals, or perhaps sort of a cross between Perfume Tree and Portishead and Lois' indierock. At least those are the best descriptions I can come up with. (Neile)
A group that sounds ranges in sound from Perfume Tree, very trippy/dreamy, to the Broadcast/Laika- and Pram-like. Mostly ethereal vocals (some male vox). An interesting, creative mix of stuff. (Neile)
Recommended first album:
1998—No Records (Canada)—NORE20
Downloadable at Strawberry's bandcamp page
Highly recommended for trippy trance fans
Brian Arsenault—bass, acetone
Pat Deighan—guitar (1, 6)
Eclectic, and because of that a little uneven, but when they hit they hit strong. They lead off with the brilliant trancey, trip-hoppy, "On The Bottom" which is one of my favourite examples of electronic trance-pop. They immediately move to slightly more mainstream-y pop songs with "A Nervous Kind of Year." They're still a little trance-y pop, but livelier. They alternate then between these poppier songs ("20 Dollar High") with more singular tracks. "Kiev Trains," "The Seven Eyeball Waltz," "Burning Church," "In 2 or 3", "Nico Says," "I Miss my Mom" and "The Hangman's Song" are particularly Pram-like: long tracks of delightful, melodic but off-kilter weirdness with Deirdre Smith's vocals floating over stripped-down instrumental lines. A really intriguing album. I love the lead track and the Pram-like ones a LOT. Much of this is truly wonderful. An interesting, creative mix of stuff. (Neile)
2010—digital release at Strawberry's bandcamp page of material recorded 1998–1999
Highly recommended for fans of trippy pop
Brian Arsenault—bass, arp, farfisa, rhodes
Roger Carter—rhodes, wandering genie
I can't get over how Broadcast and Laika-like this is, particular Broadcast: fragile, ethereal vocals. Quirky pop. Unusual and delightful. (Neile)
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