Buddha On The Moon
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||As You Said||Buddha On The Moon||4:32||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||Summershines||Buddha On The Moon||5:14||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||Now That You're a Star||Buddha On The Moon||4:14||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||Judas Iscariot||Buddha On The Moon||5:32||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||Coastal Hwys||Buddha On The Moon||5:07||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||Of the Clouds||Buddha On The Moon||3:06||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||My Own Private Undoing||Buddha On The Moon||4:32||$1.69||View in iTunes|
Emerging from Houston with a healthy appreciation for both shoegazing roots and lo-fi guitar pop murmuring, Buddha on the Moon came up with a fine debut album in Stratospheric. Following a series of singles and splits, Stratospheric is another classic showcase of an American act not so much redefining the frontiers of the blissout tradition as refining it in its own particular way. Main man and sole permanent member HK Kahng has a lovely, drowsy vocal that's never boring, while his way around both louder and quieter electric guitar is quite attractive, often powerful. Assisted on the home recordings that make up the album by a couple of guests on keyboards and backing vocals but otherwise on his own, he comes up with the goods in spades. Opening cut "As You Said" is a great start, massive distorted guitar blasts in the finest Kevin Shields tradition mixing with slow but punchy drum hits and, in a nice touch, sweetly soaring keyboard lines. "Now That You're a Star" has another grand combination of wash and crunch to strongly recommend it, plus a flat out great solo at the end that just takes everything higher. Flecks of rushed '80s Brit guitar pop surface at many a point — consider the main melody of "Coastal Hwys." When it comes to a song with quieter touches to it like "Judas Iscariot," Kahng's vocals take on a new life, even stronger and lovelier than before. The understated but present passion in both performance and lyrics is quite something. Equally touching is the cover of Northern Picture Library's "Norfolk Windmills," both a slight but welcome surprise and a solid performance all around. The original's vibe carries over in the echoing rhythm box and wistful air here, but Kahng still makes it his own.
Formed: Houston, TX
Years Active: '90s