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Western Homes - Are Empty (Long Lost Records)

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[lofi] [ambient] [noisepop] [rock]

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Shining like a diamond

by Underketing


Well, I think what we have now is beyond words. With an astounding visionary approach, the way too much forgotten, underrated, and, I would even say, neglected one-man-band Western Homes produced, in the early 2010's on a bedroom label that used to go behind imagination, Long Lost Records, specialised in the more obscure, lofi, and, to sum up, excellent, side of the Irish scene, which was -and still is- rocking the underground world with astounding acts, this very gem that simply defined, with ten years of advance, how a perfect album should sound.

Then, then, it's lofi, acoustic atmospheric guitars, with haunting voices, and the machines ! Nobody, I think, ever made the machines sound so perfect. We got here a vision of what the next ten years were about to be, and I don't understand why I am, as far a I know, the first one to spot the marvel, this incredible UFO that is clearly a milestone in the evolution of nowadays' sound.

This said, what can I say ? That the album is too short. We are the spectators of the building of an incredible architecture of sound, a landscape that makes you travel from mood to mood, with in mind, perfectly understood, the spirit of most of great modern acts, from the Velvet Underground to The Pixies, from The Clash to Nirvana, with, I bet, someone behind this that worn out the classic alternative records of the pas decade.

If you got some spare time today, and even if not, I urge you to give a listen to this excellent, sheer example of perfect work, if you enjoy lofi guitars and voice, catchy noisepop melodies, you will not be deceived I bet.

This album was firstly released on the now defunct netlabel Rack And Ruin Records, and then re-released on a series of 30 cassettes by Long Lost Records, who also issued Desperadow's album. It is nowadays almost impossible to find excepting on Archive.org. Don't sleep on this release and download it now !

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