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i'm not sure why this is so well-regarded.
i mean, it's okay but even low's or codeine's inferior albums are more interesting than this. am i missing something? just seems to middle-of-the-road
Stratosphere is one of my favorite albums. What I like so much about it is the weird production quality and how the instrumental work doesn't entirely convey a sense of hopeless sadness like a lot of bands in a similar vein do. The vocals almost blend with the instruments and are sometimes intelligible. They're like the GBV of slowcore bands, if that makes sense.
If you can't get into Duster then I'd recommend listening to Helvetia.
>instrumental work doesn't entirely convey a sense of hopeless sadness
Wow really? No disrespect meant, I just get the exact opposite. It's only of my favorite albums as well but it really feels like they're just strangling the emotion out of their guitars every step of the way to me
It's about time. Helvetia is still doing shit. Why don't they all get back together?
This. Bedhead Live In Chicago is going to be released on Record Store Day. trying to get a copy.
as a fan of both low and codeine before ever listening to duster, they're definitely not more interesting, even at their best
duster just taps into this magical hazy lo-fi ennui that's spacey and grooves but still feels glacially paced and introspective
bluetile lounge best slowcore ever though, hands down
It does, but not as much as other stuff I've heard. It's like they're taking raw emotion, negative or otherwise, and putting it through their instruments as something somewhat hopeful (despite some of the lyrics) in the way some post-rock bands do. Mind you, this is only on Stratosphere that I get this from. Contemporary Movement is another story.
Also, Bedhead rules.
each of them are somewhat different stylistically
frigid stars is a more upbeat/rock slowcore, if you can imagine it
barely real is my favourite slowcore, although i can see why people don't like it
it invokes an almost 'empty' feeling, hard to explain
white birch is the most slowcore like, very worth listening to
on that note, smoking room is the best closing track i've ever heard from a band, especially since it was their last release
I respect your take on it but I still get the opposite.. I can see the hopefulness but to me it's more of a feeling of relief from giving in to hopelessness. My take at least. Contemporary Movement is very nearly equal to Stratosphere in quality imo, love them both
barely real is incredible
whatfunlifewas > transaction de novo >> beheaded
only in my humble opinion of course
are any modern bands making good slowcore?
>duster just taps into this magical hazy lo-fi ennui that's spacey and grooves but still feels glacially paced and introspective
Maybe it's because I heard Duster before bands like Low and Codeine, but I see this as a good thing. I like it. I'll listen to Duster and Bedhead before Low and Codeine.
Also, Red Stars Theory is good.
Pic related is great-tier modern shit with definite slowcore influence. It's like post-hardcore meets shoegaze meets slowcore. They released an album early this year and while I don't think it's shit it definitely doesn't compare to this
>I can see the hopefulness but to me it's more of a feeling of relief from giving in to hopelessness.
I can see it this way now, too, actually. "Giving into hopelessness" is a good way to sum up a lot of slowcore. Thanks m8.
I can't be the only one who thinks that this shits all over roller coaster.
they apparently have worked on reforming multiple times over the last decade or so, but they keep scrapping new work.
in the meantime, clay parton, one of the two main performers and writers for the band currently has a project that sounds basically exactly like duster, and pretty much just as good. here's the link-