Not all of the remixers remain faithful to Makeup and Vanity Set’s sonic aesthetic, and thankfully so.
All in all, In Sea Remixes offers little new insight into Aarktica’s music or any of the remixers.
You’re struck by the thought that perhaps some higher power had always intended for the components to be mashed together.
Like much of Francesconi’s music, it can leave the listener in a nostalgia-soaked haze.
Featuring Aarktica, Robin Guthrie, July Skies, I Am Robot and Proud, Lowlife, and more.
Forgettable, obviously churned out to fill a niche, and reeking of assembly line workmanship.
Tales From the Oxygen Den is a pretty solid comp, and is quite inline with the label’s stated goal of respecting the past.
Buy this album, if only to see what’s currently happening in cutting-edge Christian music.
Featuring Printed Circuit, Sweet Trip, Entre Rios, Boyracer, Randomnumber, Manual, and more.
This comp, though far from comprehensive, focuses on a small slice of time from shoegazing’s heyday.
When taken on its own merits, the compilation has plenty of high points.
As great as Blisscent Records’ first comp was, this second volume easily surpasses it.
Featuring Freescha, Aarktica, Lowlights, Momus, The California Oranges, Crispy Ambulance, and more.
Many of the songs on the release have a theatrical feel to them.
This probably kicks more ass than any soundtrack has a right to.
All in all, a very impressive collection that adds quite a bit of flavor to the Matrix world.
Simply put, Preserve, Volume One is a stellar comp, solid in every regard.
90% of this comp is filled with beautiful, lo-fi treasures.
As a fan of all things drone-y, blissed out, and dreampop, this one hit the sweet spot.
A nice compilation that shows off the Japanese shoegaze scene.