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The Curved Glass is a collection of spacey pop songs consisting of complex layers of instrumentation intermixed with bloops and bleeps. This makes sense, as the band shares members with Mercury Rev, among others. These are compositions of swirling sound collages from another planet. Each song has about eight or nine layers of music and sound effects filling your ears simultaneously. Occasional moments of Friends of Dean Martinez occur as well. The vocals are usually as affected as your standard Radiohead album, but without Thom Yorke's pained voice. The last sound heard on the record is a faint whooshing, like a recording from a distant rocket ship taking them back into orbit.


Formed: 1993 in Poughkeepsie, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Although heavier than most bands under the space rock banner, Poughkeepsie, NY's Hopewell fits comfortably in the genre, playing interstellar guitar pop as well as dreamy psychedelia. And despite the fact that bandleader Jason Russo (vocals, guitar) is a member of Mercury Rev, Harmony Rockets, and the Golden Crickets, Hopewell have managed to maintain an entirely individual sound, with only the occasional Rev influence seeping through. Hopewell formed in 1993 when Dalia Garih (drums, vocals) and...
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