23 Songs, 2 Hours, 5 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The World in Your Eyes collects Loop's early 12" singles, its EPs, stray compilation tracks, and rare demos. In many aspects, it's the best way to hear the group. It encompasses Loop's career and features the band stretching out and experimenting even more than on its proper albums. The 16 Dreams 12" features the earliest incarnation of the group, with original drummer Beki "Bex" Stewart challenging The Velvet Underground's Maureen Tucker for most primitive pounder; the near-10-minute "Burning World" simulates a throbbing headache while Robert Hampson twiddles with the amp knobs, finding more feedback at every twist. The EPs Spinning, Collision, and Black Sun show evolution but remain true to Hampson's obscure roots, with a 1988 cover of Can's "Mother Sky" introducing a new generation to the German Krautrockers. Most excitedly, this collection rescues Loop's Nick Drake cover ("Pink Moon") and its Neil Young cover ("Cinnamon Girl"), which had appeared on tribute albums to those artists. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

The World in Your Eyes collects Loop's early 12" singles, its EPs, stray compilation tracks, and rare demos. In many aspects, it's the best way to hear the group. It encompasses Loop's career and features the band stretching out and experimenting even more than on its proper albums. The 16 Dreams 12" features the earliest incarnation of the group, with original drummer Beki "Bex" Stewart challenging The Velvet Underground's Maureen Tucker for most primitive pounder; the near-10-minute "Burning World" simulates a throbbing headache while Robert Hampson twiddles with the amp knobs, finding more feedback at every twist. The EPs Spinning, Collision, and Black Sun show evolution but remain true to Hampson's obscure roots, with a 1988 cover of Can's "Mother Sky" introducing a new generation to the German Krautrockers. Most excitedly, this collection rescues Loop's Nick Drake cover ("Pink Moon") and its Neil Young cover ("Cinnamon Girl"), which had appeared on tribute albums to those artists. 

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About Loop

Discordant, elusive, and utterly hypnotic, Loop conjured a dark, trance-like spell that contrasted sharply with the prevailing British pop music trends of their time. Equal parts the Stooges, Can, and Hawkwind, they resurrected the concept of space rock for a new era in tandem with fellow travelers Spacemen 3, creating droning soundscapes of bleak beauty and harsh dissonance.

Loop were formed in London in 1986 by vocalist/guitarist Robert Hampson, who at the time of the group's inception claimed to know only four chords. With wife Bex (Becky Stewart) on drums and Glen Ray on bass, they debuted with the single "16 Dreams," its raw, feedback-powered sound offering clear evidence of a serious garage fixation. New drummer John Wills and bassist Neil MacKay were signed on a short time later, with their arrival heralding a more primal rhythmic foundation. The reconfigured Loop then issued their 1987 full-length debut, Heaven's End, winning acclaim for its densely distorted sound.

The World in Your Eyes, a collection of singles and B-sides, appeared in 1987. After signing to the Chapter 22 label, Loop resurfaced in 1988 with the 12" Collision. In November of that same year, Loop also released their second full-length, the excellent Fade Out. Over a year passed before the band returned to action with the Arc-Lite single, now sporting not only another new label, Situation 2, but also a second guitarist, Scott Dawson. After issuing their third and finest studio LP, 1990's A Gilded Eternity, Loop disbanded. A series of posthumous releases, among them the live Dual and the BBC sessions collection Wolf Flow, soon followed. In the wake of the band's demise, its four members split into two camps -- while MacKay and Wills reunited in the Hair & Skin Trading Company, Hampson and Dawson went on to form the highly experimental Main.

Loop's catalog slid out of print during the '90s, but it was comprehensively reissued on the band's Reactor label in 2008. Five years later, the band -- Hampson, Wills, MacKay, and Dawson -- reconvened for touring and co-curated the lineup for the "End of an Era, Pt. 2" portion of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival at Camber Sands in East Sussex, England. Dates followed through May 2014, when the band performed in Barcelona at another festival, Primavera Sound. Later that year, Hampson assembled a new lineup that featured guitarist Dan Boyd, bassist Hugo Morgan, and drummer Wayne Maskel. Through ATP, the label offshoot of All Tomorrow's Parties, the band issued new recordings, beginning with Array 1 in June 2015. The release coincided with a handful of live dates, including several in the U.K. and one in Iceland. ~ Jason Ankeny

  • ORIGIN
    London, England
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    1986

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