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On Sleep and Release, Aereogramme combines abrasive guitars, feedback, and distorted vocals into rock that, in its own way, is as crunchy and dynamic as Weezer, though as decidedly outsider as Mogwai. "Indiscretion #243" is a beautiful way to start an album: a mash of assaulting guitars, moaning keys, a strange hymnal chorus, and enough exploding melodicism to render their debut meek by comparison. From there, the band soars with Sigur Rós grandeur-gone-folk-rock (the string-laden "Black Path"), subtle electro-psychedelia (the glitchy and somber "A Simple Process of Elimination"), and slinky post-rock that would find a kindred spirit in the 90 Day Men ("No Really, Everything's Fine"). What sets these Scots apart, though, from their massive contemporaries (like Godspeed You Black Emperor! or Mogwai) is their ability to unleash simple and sunny pop hooks, and then pile layers on top of them, like on "Wood." Of course as soon as the song catches your attention with these grooves, the band totally destroys them, clearing the table in one fell swoop of epic heavy metal. Then they come back to the pop. It's brilliant and, in a word, riveting.

Biography

Formed: April, 1998 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Formed in April of 1998, Scotland's Aerogramme counted unique songwriter Craig B (ex-Ganger), Campbell McNeil, and drummer Martin Scott as members. Joining forces to feature acoustic guitars, electronic noises, and tones ranging from soft to screamingly abrasive, the trio released a pair of singles in 1999 on their own Babi-Yaga and toured throughout the year with the likes of Low, Geneva, and Snow Patrol. Early in 2000, they signed with Chemikal Underground, the reputable stable of Arab Strap and...
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