New Lands by Flying Saucer Attack (Review)

Flying Saucer Attack takes elements of traditional shoegazing and turns it into stargazing.
New Lands - Flying Saucer Attack

Swirling guitar tones, anyone? Flying Saucer Attack takes elements of traditional shoegazing and turns it into stargazing. This 1997 release from Dave Pearce, who is essentially the now-defunct Flying Saucer Attack, captures him at his dreamy, psychedelic peak, burying you in otherworldly splendor. Inhabiting the post-My Bloody Valentine universe, New Lands features shredding take-off guitars that are more like a saucer landing than the opium fog of their peers.

The wordless introduction of ​“Past” leads into ​“Present” where it touches down on the weightless planet. ​“Up In Her Eyes” shows the alien organic technology, noisy as you please. All the while, Pearce’s vocals float along as distant as a constellation. ​“Respect” (which actually means respect for My Bloody Valentine), ​“Night Falls,” and ​“Whole Day Song” coat you in miasma. ​“The Sea” leaves you waking up on the beach after your abduction. The last song, ​“Forever,” shows the saucer floating back off into space.

A lovely chill-out album, a spacey dream, and a vision from Dave Pearce at his best.

Written by Jason Simpson.

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