Flying Saucer Attack
Flying Saucer Attack


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chris Jackson USER (177 Reviews)
December 16th, 2007 | 9 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Rural psychedelic"

Drawing similarities with bands such as Slowdive, Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine, and The Jesus & Mary Chain, Flying Saucer Attack created an extremely unique style of music when they released their self-titled debut album in 1994. Blending static-ridden, feedback soaked guitar drones with calm, melancholic, melodic soundscapes this threesome from England created an exclusive mash-up of post-rock and shoegaze. Having a reputation for avoiding recording studios David Pearce and co. managed to stay relatively unknown until the band dis-banned in 2000. Although Flying Saucer Attack have never received much critical acclaim it has been noted that they have an extremely “cult-like” and “loyal” fanbase.

It’s a difficult task to try and pigeonhole Flying Saucer Attack into one distinct genre since they draw from so many different styles of music. Tracks such as “A Silent Tide”, “Still” and “Make Me Dream” are centered around remarkable waves of guitar feedback and David Pearce’s echoing voice. Nearly half of these songs are based around highly distorted guitars sending the listener into a trance. It’s the more ambient based, moodier songs that make this record such an eccentric listen. The albums opening number, “My Dreaming Hill” is a sublime piece of music featuring a skeletal guitar line over shuffling background noises, this song sounds like something off of a Mogwai record. Both “Popol Vuh 1" and “Popol Vuh 2" are centered around dreary ambient effects and somber string instruments. These airy tributes give the listener a break from the more dissonant side of the album. At first Flying Saucer Attack may seem like a redundant listen, but the couple of ambient based tracks really give the album a fresh sound. One thing that really compliments the music well is the production. Recorded at David Pearce’s home on a normal home stereo Flying Saucer Attack has a very rugged yet natural sound.

Running about an hour long Flying Saucer Attacks debut album may be tough for some to swallow. However after a handful of listens this album really shows its beauty and captivates the listener for the entire length of the album. Although this self-titled record has a very slow and steady pace it’s both entrancing and dreamy. Showcasing a wide variety of sounds from noisy, dissonant drone based tracks to moody ambient based songs Flying Saucer Attack will not disappoint those of you seeking some hypnotic shoegaze/post-rock music.



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Mahavidya
December 16th 2007


99 Comments


This is one of your better reviews as of late.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
December 16th 2007


15743 Comments


Slowdive, Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine


Sold.

Aficionado
December 17th 2007


1027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This sounds really cool, I might listen to them.

Zizzer
December 17th 2007


915 Comments


I think I'll check them out too.

ValiumMan
December 18th 2007


493 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome band, decent review. The comparisons are a little off though. I mean, granted, there's some similarities with MBV and Slowdive, but Mogwai?

BTW: Their second album, Further, is better than this. It's the same basic approach but they add pastoral folksiness and acoustic guitars to the mix.


Goatlord
August 26th 2011


405 Comments


You little pink-nosed sputnikers should be listening to this band instead that shit My Bloody Valentine. Now get off my lawn. Go on, GIT!

gabethepiratesquid
March 15th 2012


4521 Comments


Love this album.

North0House2
October 14th 2012


5889 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

For as long as I've known about this release, I'm surprised it doesn't have more notoriety on Sputnik.

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YankeeDudel
June 1st 2013


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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