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Sciflyer | Fair Weather Karma (Claire)
It never really died, it merely moved away. To some far edge of America, seemingly. It's all here in fact, in the ten-minute drifting songs, and titles like You're From The Ocean and Come Up To My Cloud. So, shoegazing appears to have returned, gone pop slightly, and in the hands of Sciflyer, is surviving quite nicely indeed. A quartet who include a husband and wife coupling, Sciflyer's debut album 'Fair Weather Karma' has traces of Bardo Pond, Swervedriver, Ride, and even some of the Pixies surfer-rock moments. The strung-out trip of Burning Down The House meanwhile is reminiscent of very early Verve, albeit very early Verve with ghostly whispers for vocals suppressed so far into the mix that they're scarcely noticeable. Hardly a total resurrection, more a timely kiss of life for the scene that just refused to go away quietly.

Ian Fletcher
CWAS #13 - Autumn 2003

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