Canada - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 24 - 10/05/98
There's Always Someplace You'd Rather Be
Sonic Unyon Records
This album comes from one of my favorite Canadian bands. The EP, a follow
up to their first CD Somnium is a must-have addition to anyone's record
collection. There is a lot of white noise. Somnium was considerably
less harsh sounding, but don't let it scare you away because the magic that
is Sianspheric is still very much alive and kicking on this EP.
The introduction of solid white sound fades gently into All On Standby
which swooshes and jingles and coos like no other band can.
Without An Ounce Of Pretension groans and squeaks into space slowly and
mystically. The sounds are haunting and eerie. It would be a fitting soundtrack
to floating in space or exploring a cave, gazing at deep crystal blue water in
spooky rock formations. I'm feeling better rings behind gentle acoustic
guitar, a mixture of deep, lush, pedal noises and twanging strings, and
then sounds quite a bit like Without An Ounce.. for a while. This
vocal-less high-ringing fuzz is different from the kind of melodic
swirling, fluid sounds of Somnium but no-less beautiful and hypnotic.
Eight Hundred Mixer starts to sound more like rock and on
Nothing Stands we get to hear Steve Peruzzi's full, ineffably mellow,
perfectly-tuned vocals. Sian range from fast-paced moody noise to a
slower, more characteristic sound, and we become aware that all is well in
the mystical universe of Sianspheric again.
Copyright © 1998 Laura Bowman