Explosions In The Glass Palace
Crazy days, the early-'80s....
'Explosions In The Glass Palace' is only a mini-album strictly speaking - five tracks, under 30 minutes - but it's the only time in three studio attempts that they made the kind of head-spinning record their shoegazing descendants should have killed for.
Sonic cathedrals? We got 'em, in David Roback's mind-meltingly beautiful guitar sound, but they're employed sparingly and dynamically amid dark, dizzy tales of murder, madness and drug paranoia. And I defy anyone to find a more sublimely soaring, sun-scraping sound as the climax of 'A Broken Horse' at full volume. Roback subsequently formed Mazzy Star, who were a bit quieter.
But the most memorable cut is the hypnotic, brooding 'No Easy Way Down', a mantra for an altered state of mind, and testament to a band who, however fleetingly, made music that sounded like the best drugs ever.
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