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Album Review

Like kindred spirits Beat Happening, Some Velvet Sidewalk has become so adept with the primitive tools at their disposal that their music now sounds fleshed-out and fully realized; much of the excellence of Whirlpool is a credit to the production of Steve Fisk, who pushes the band out of the sonic limitations of their earlier records to create a noisy, droning environment which even makes room for the unexpected but thoroughly welcome appearance of organ and trumpet on the propulsive "Big City Plans." The highlight is the opening title track, the juxtaposition between its dirty ribbons of feedback and Al Larsen's sweetly goofy lyrics serving as a succinct introduction to the music to follow.

Biography

Formed: 1988

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Alongside fellow natives Beat Happening, Some Velvet Sidewalk helped establish Olympia, WA, as an epicenter of the American indie rock community throughout the 1980s and 1990s, their minimalist sound and wide-eyed world view giving rise to the emergence of the love-rock ethic. Originally a duo comprised of singer/guitarist Al Larsen and drummer Robert Christie, Some Velvet Sidewalk debuted in 1988 with a cassette titled From Playground Till Now; the single "I Know," their first release for the famed...
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