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Stellarium’s Self-Titled album review

Posted in Album Review with tags on 19/09/2010 by Outerbeat

This review is contributed by Azam Wijaya Raharjo from Paraparanoid and Astro-Apache.

It was 1 year ago, if I’m not mistaken, was the first time I know this Singapore-based band (although rumour said that some of the members are from Indonesia). I accidentally found them in the internet. I checked their Myspace and listened to their music. It was~~ noisy and fuzzy. At that time, I’m not that interested in ‘fuzzy’-kind of shoegaze, I was a ‘reverb’ shoegaze listener. (Besides, the sound quality from Myspace music is not that good–in my opinion.)

But my musical taste changes then.

And recently, Stellarium released their Self-Titled LP. I got the (official) samples from my friend. Then, when I listened to it, it was like ‘HOLY CRAP! This is awe-sa-some!’. This album is so cool!

The opening track is called ‘Any Day is Fine‘. A nice opening track. Lazy but cool. Somehow it reminds me to one of Mark Gardner (Ride) collaborations with Meister. Most of the songs are energetic (but lazy as well. lol), but there’s a nice downtempo track, ‘The Grass is Greener‘–full of Wall of Sounds of WIN.

My favourite songs are ‘Chocolate & Strawberry‘ (which reminds me to MBV‘s ‘You Made Me Realise‘)–it’s so cool, especially the bassline, ‘Fader‘ (I think this was the first song that I listened a year ago), ‘Paddle Pop‘–female vocal yay!, and ‘Dead Nebula‘ (!!!)

Somehow their songs reminds me to The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, A Place to Bury Strangers, Coaltar of the Deepers—mixed together.

Most of the songs in this album offers a nice wall of sound sensation coupled with fuzzes, spacey sounds, feedbacks, and white noises plus exploding basslines and drums (not to mention that the lazy vocal is also cool). This is not the usual shoegaze that I know: It’s a real celebration and experimentation of sounds!

Play it loud and headbang!

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Weekly POPcast #16 and a new album by Stellarium

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , on 18/09/2010 by Outerbeat

Hello there, and back again! (no no this is not our last post, if you know what we mean)

After we did some experiments to make our podcast streamable (without necessarily downloading it), we found this Mixcloud that provides their users with no time and size limits! Woo!

So back to the topic. Around last week our friend from Singapore, Stellarium, has just released their debut self-titled full length . If you haven’t heard about them yet, then you should. They play decent fuzzy shoegazing music and currently the best in South East Asia so far. They will also release a split LP with US based shoegazer Ceremony. According to their page, Stellarium’s album was also released under US label Custom Made Music, home of great shoegazing acts like Ringo Deathstarr, Screen Vinyl Image and also Ceremony. We will post a review about the album soon so we don’t have to tell you everything right now. Just keep updated!

And another great info about them is that you can taste the album first before you decide to buy it. Just go directly to their bandcamp site.

This podcast was recorded during our transmission from Eltira 102.1 FM on September 15. We deeply apologize that we had a power cut in the whole district that night. Unfortunately we shared the generator set with other building that was temporarily closed at that time. So this show was not finished yet actually.  But thanks God we still could play most of our playlist like Stellarium, Pipas, the Sarah’s 036 Sweetest Ache, Fat Tulips, the old amazing local twee act Blossom Diary, Cats On Fire and our next guest Lipstik Lipsing from Semarang. Hope it won’t hinder you enjoying the podcast. We promise this embarrassing accident won’t happen again!

Pop!Cast #16 by Outerbeat on Mixcloud