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Accelera Deck was the ambient pop project of Birmingham, AL-based singer/guitarist/programmer Chris Geeley, who previously fronted the little-known shoegazer act the Ashley Tremolo; that band dissolved in 1995 after a fire at their rehearsal space destroyed all of their equipment, allowing Geeley the opportunity to explore his increasing interest in electronica. Accelera Deck made its debut in 1998 with a cover of "I Believe It" recorded for the A Tribute to Spacemen 3 compilation, soon followed by an EP, Kiss Burn, and a few months later by the full-length, Narcotic Beats. After the single "The Nearness of You Makes Me Feel So Real" appeared on Blackbean & Placenta Tape Club in 1998, Geeley and friend Aaron Tweedy revived their independent label Pitchcadet to capitalize on the boom in CD-R technology, a move which heralded a steady flow of Accelera Deck releases including the 1999 full-lengths Conviction & Crack and Echo Economy (the latter issued on another CD-R label, Toast & Jam Recordings); another new LP, Addict, followed on BB&PTC in early 2000. Geeley also recorded as Exhaleradeck, the first in a promised series of variations in name and sound.