Monday, 8 July 2013

Sounds Of Sputnik - Shades Of The Cosmos/Visualization

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We've mentioned before about the fund that was set up following the untimely death of shoegaze writer and musician Danny Lackey, and the amount of bands who've donated songs is quite incredible. Anyone who has a penchant for shoegaze, dreampop, psychedelia, post-rock and associated genres is bound to discover something new from the substantial list of releases on the fund's Bandcamp page. One of the more interesting discoveries for me has been Russian shoegaze/post-rock instrumentalist Sounds Of Sputnik, an artist we did an introductory feature on recently, and who has given two sublime songs to the cause.

Maybe people who never quite manage to see what the fuss is about when it comes to post-rock might be converted by the atmospheric, brooding 'Shades Of The Cosmos', a song that incorporates chiming guitars with breaks of distortion but never descends into love-it-or-hate-it noise. There's no loud/quiet dynamic either, just different guitar textures and a rumbling bassline, plus at under five minutes it doesn't outstay its welcome. It could be the even shorter 'Visualization' that's the pick of the two. More tuneful and approached in a different way, this track relies on a dreamy, laid-back ambiance and more ringing guitars, all combining to create three minutes of blissful sonic exploring. Interstellar stuff.

Sounds Of Sputnik's website

The Fund For Danny Lackey Bandcamp page

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