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In the U.K. in the late '80s and early '90s, hyper-processed guitar washes and dreamy vocals joined forces to form what would be dubbed shoegazer music, epitomized by groups like My Bloody Valentine, Lush, Ride, and Slowdive. Hailing from Holland, The Nightblooms never were as popular as any of those bands, but they still put out some exceptional music. The Nightblooms released several obscure singles, a pair of EPs, and three full-length albums between 1988 and 1993, recording for labels like Fierce, Fire, and Paperhouse. This is their self-titled debut LP from 1992; it finds them diving in head-first, crafting 10 songs ideal for moody romantic interludes and solitary consciousness-expanding. While not as noisy as records by The Jesus & Mary Chain nor as gleefully fried as those by Spacemen 3, this is still a wildly entertaining time capsule. It's held up surprisingly well over the last two decades. Check out "Starcatcher (1)," "Slowly Rising," "59 #1," and "Blue Marbles."

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Hidden Gem

This is one of those rare albums that feels totally complete. Each track meshes together beautifully. Not that any one track sound the same, 59#1 sets a crackling pace as does the rockiest track on the album, Starcatcher. Then you have the mesmerising dips in the etherial with Butterfly Girl and He's Dead, both these aspects coming together in the brilliant A Thousand Years. If you love the sound of fuzzed up guitars and sweetly hamonic vocals (a la Lush and My Bloody Valentine) then The Nightblooms is will fill you with joy (or melancholy... which ever you prefer). I must note though that the 'shoegaze' tag is only a recent phenomena and, it's more likely that The Nightblooms were either influenced by what was going on in the U.K. with bands like Ride and Slowdive, or just happened to be producing a sound that could be linked in with these bands, rather than being part of any unifying 'scene'. Still, if more people get to hear this brilliant album because of this then who am I to spilt a very fine hair.

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