12 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Weekends is PacificUV’s third record in 10 years. The Athens, Ga., quartet blends elements of dream pop, space rock, shoegazing, and post-rock to create lush, hypnotic soundscapes of beauty. Following “Friday Night Dream”—a minute and 42 seconds of analog keyboard chirps balanced against the grain of sweeping cello notes—“Funny Girl” starts the album with keyboard tones percolating over pedaling rhythms. The stark and cold vocal performance is rooted in a blend of '80s new wave and synth-pop. “Just4kix” takes PacificUV's sound up a decade, with a gauzy ambience of organ drones and whispered singing that come together sounding like a loving tribute to Spacemen 3. “Baby Blue” elongates those drones into melodies while working in some sleepy male/female vocal harmonies and lazy guitar flange, which all come together to recall better moments from Slowdive’s Souvlaki. “I'm Here (But It's Not Me)” mines the depths of post-rock obscurity for inspiration, pulling from the angularity of Bark Psychosis and the studied ambience of Füxa.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Weekends is PacificUV’s third record in 10 years. The Athens, Ga., quartet blends elements of dream pop, space rock, shoegazing, and post-rock to create lush, hypnotic soundscapes of beauty. Following “Friday Night Dream”—a minute and 42 seconds of analog keyboard chirps balanced against the grain of sweeping cello notes—“Funny Girl” starts the album with keyboard tones percolating over pedaling rhythms. The stark and cold vocal performance is rooted in a blend of '80s new wave and synth-pop. “Just4kix” takes PacificUV's sound up a decade, with a gauzy ambience of organ drones and whispered singing that come together sounding like a loving tribute to Spacemen 3. “Baby Blue” elongates those drones into melodies while working in some sleepy male/female vocal harmonies and lazy guitar flange, which all come together to recall better moments from Slowdive’s Souvlaki. “I'm Here (But It's Not Me)” mines the depths of post-rock obscurity for inspiration, pulling from the angularity of Bark Psychosis and the studied ambience of Füxa.

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About PacificUV

Hailing from Athens, Georgia, by way of Augusta, the space rock outfit Pacific UV formed in 1998 under the auspices of Clay Jordan and Howard Hudson. Almost immediately after the duo began mixing song ideas together, drummer and keyboardist Lucas Jensen dove into the mix and the trio began honing their sound and planning their debut album. The group sequestered themselves in the studio with Andy LeMaster (Azure Ray, Bright Eyes) and David Barbe (Uncle Tupelo, Sugar, the Drive-By Truckers) assisting behind the board and cut their debut, finishing it in 2002. Before the album was officially released in September 2003, Jensen left the band to attend grad school and was replaced by drummer Stephen James.

Though the album was eventually released under the title Pacific UV on Warm Records, the initial promotional copies went out to press under the title Longplay One, causing the first item of confusion over the band's history. The second piece of controversy, a purposeful ruse on the part of Jordan and Hudson, came when Pacific UV issued a statement within their promotional campaign which boasted the addition of two brand new mysterious Swedish members, Sven and Piotr. The press, including the All Music Guide, heartily supported this claim as an interesting fact of Pacific UV's history, and one even further swallowed the joke when the band announced Sven and Piotr changed their names to Jorge Torres and Shane Davis to sound "more American." While bassist Torres and keyboardist Davis are indeed genuine members of Pacific UV, it shouldn't be surprising that Sven and Piotr never existed in the first place.

The group worked sporadically throughout the coming years, releasing a self-titled EP in 2006 and second full-length, Longplay, Vol. 2 in 2008. In the early part of the 2010s, the band released a string of free MP3s of new tracks via their blog, and delved into a darker, more electronic sound with their Chrysalis EP. Third full-length Weekends was released in early 2012, and was followed a little over a year later by 2013's poppier After the Dream You Are Awake.

  • ORIGIN
    Athens, GA
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    1998

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