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These Flowers of Ours

The Asteroid No. 4

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Album Review

In the liner notes to These Flowers of Ours, we're treated to a brief description of the Asteroid No. 4's workshop, where across the room from an extensive shrine to the history of shoegaze the bass player watches a bootleg video of the Rain Parade while rolling a joint on the back of a Teenage Fanclub album. And if that sounds like a place you'd enjoy visiting, then These Flowers of Ours is doubtless the sort of record you'd like to spend some time with. Floating through an echoey netherworld of jangling and roaring guitars, subsonic bass, thundering drums, and vocals that drift as clouds through the paisley atmosphere, this music is space rock at its most engaging and organic, psychedelia that's timeless because the music sounds too languid and loose-limbed to bother committing itself to any decade in particular. Not that this stuff sounds lazy — These Flowers of Ours is an album that is dense and impressively rich for all the space in the music, and while melody often seems to be an afterthought in this sort of stuff, the Asteroid No. 4 rival Outrageous Cherry in their ability to write tunes with actual hooks to accompany their flights of guitar-fueled aeronautics. These Flowers of Ours is almost too much of a good thing at times, soaring so far into the ether that it has a hard time making its way back to Earth, and at 54 minutes this album begins wearing out its welcome in the later chapters. But what's good here is very good indeed, and the Asteroid No. 4 are advised not to lose the lease on their command center anytime soon — when they can make it off of the couch, they're on to something quite impressive.

Customer Reviews


Well, I've siad this before, I'm compelled to say that this band is the best in this genre. We all know, however, that there "ain't no best" - in anything right? I think more people might agree that there is a category known as "no one does it better". That is The Asteroid # 4.

Stay tuned for the new album called Hail To The Clear Figurines - due out in early January 2011 I believe. I can say that this album is both completely unique and completely on-par. It is unique, because it is one of those albums where most, if not all, of the songs are killer. How many of us have bought records where only one or two songs are great? Not this one. It is on-par simply because it is vintage A4 - exactly what one would hope for from such a polished group.

P.S. For those that enjoy vinyl, there is a limited quantity of These Flowere available.

Clean, Top Shelf Psychedelica

The Asteroid No. 4 is one of those rare bands that when found is like the first time you accidentally blew your mind. "These Flowers of Ours" comes at us in a haunting time where beauty is hard to hold onto; this band, this album, is that beauty one dies with. You follow it all the way to the end of its beginning and stay high and stuck on the light and love like the Ouroboros. Once you walk in this Eden of Psychedelica you step into tomorrow Immortal.

Flawless psychedelia

I give this album the same compliment I gave the Jesus and Mary Chain's debut back in 1985: This is the music I would make if I had any talent myself. Absolutely gorgeous psychedelic pop. How come these guys aren't superstars? Little Steven should be playing them every week on the Underground Garage.


Formed: Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Mixing influences like Mazzy Star, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Medicine with their own space pop, the Psychedelphia combo Asteroid No. 4 debuted in 1995 with the CIA Took My Dog Away EP. After three years' worth of extensive touring across the U.S. as well as contributing to several compilations, their first full-length, Introducing...The Asteroid #4, came out in 1998 with the accompaniment of the single "What a Sorry Way to Go." After a tour with the Lilys later on that year, their EP The...
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