Experimental Aircraft
Third Transmission


4.5
superb

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
May 17th, 2008 | 14 replies | 8,156 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In the hazy, hypnotizing junctures of Third Transmission: Meet Me on Echo Echo Terrace, Experimental Aircraft release a potential album of the year candidate.

It's a shame that Experimental Aircraft probably won't ever get the respect and acknowledgment that they deserve. Realistically, I suppose it would be a little much to expect anything more for the band than the occasional e-props from some obscure blog. The Texas-based shoegaze quartet was formed in 1997, and has only released three full length albums to date; a tidbit made more notable owing to the fact it's been six years since Experimental Aircraft's second album. Given the sheer brilliance of Third Transmission: Meet Me on Echo Echo Terrace, however, the six year gap following Love For the Last Time has been well worth it. With twice as many tracks as both of its predecessors, Third Transmission is an hour long, but manages to capture and maintain the listener's attention for the entirety of the experience.

Opening track "Stellar" effectively offers the listener the rundown on Third Transmission's musical direction. Walls of noise are the foundation in which Experimental Aircraft's sound is built, with emphasis placed more on the hazy atmosphere produced by guitarists Rachel Staggs and T.J. O'Leary. And it is the dominant bursts of fuzzy distortion that give Experimental Aircraft their biggest asset. Despite being pieced together by layers of noise and the occasional subtle melody, as can be heard in "Paintings in the Attic" or "Start Over Again", Third Transmission presents a very serene, dreamy listen. The aforementioned Rachel Staggs helps accentuate the music with her soft, almost hypnotizing voice. Similarly to the spacey overtones heard throughout the record, Staggs sings in the exact same tone throughout the entirety of Third Transmission; that being in an airy, nonchalant manner, in which she drifts in and out of the mix. However, to say that all fifteen of the album's songs sounded exactly like one another would be a tad misleading. "Sit Still", for example, is more of an upbeat indie-rock number featuring a mumbling O'Leary behind the mic. Though perhaps not an album highlight, the song effectively injects some energy into the album, albeit only briefly.

Though Experimental Aircraft's third L.P. features several songs which can be enjoyed individually, songs such as "Stellar", "Remember", "Paintings in the Attic", and "With a Gun", Third Transmission: Meet Me on Echo Echo Terrace is one of those albums one needs to listen to in whole to best appreciate. The album flows flawlessly, with each song contributing towards the sixty-mute blur of hazy noise rock, complete with its beautiful musical backdrop, and engaging instrumentation. Pretty good for a band whose previous release was a seven track recording from 2002, huh?



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Electric City
Staff Reviewer
August 28th 2008



15697 Comments


put this in the upload thread

Mikesn
Emeritus
August 28th 2008



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

it's up

Really awesome album. Also they're apparently in the studio recording an EP, so that should be out some time next year hopefully.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
August 28th 2008



15697 Comments


thank you kindly, mr mike sir

Mikesn
Emeritus
August 28th 2008



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah, man. Tell me what you think it.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
August 28th 2008



16072 Comments


its really not that good guys!

Mikesn
Emeritus
August 28th 2008



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

nvmThis Message Edited On 09.25.08

BallsToTheWall
November 5th 2009



44164 Comments


Wonder how I missed this. Ace review sire. If I dont love this i'll be damned.

Jips
July 20th 2011



1127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is pretty fucking tight right now...

SteelErectedb4you8er
February 17th 2012



2612 Comments


I play in a band with the bassist, If you liked this album, you may be getting some newer stuff soon. Don't mark my words, but I heard a little of it.

wacknizzle
June 18th 2013



11953 Comments


Can't believe this only has 6 votes. Pretty great stuff.

Digging: Lord Mantis - Death Mask

Mad.
June 18th 2013



2934 Comments


Holy shit man I was just looking at this thread.

The dark days of Sputnik when a staff review got 9 comments... I've seen one with 0

wacknizzle
June 18th 2013



11953 Comments


The dark ages of sputnik, damn. I think I saw this review when it was first written, cause I used to have this downloaded till I had to reformat my comp.

Mad.
June 18th 2013



2934 Comments


Haven't heard this yet but it's on my list, I'm starting to get into shoegaze.

Have you heard Engineers or A Shoreline Dream? They're both awesome

wacknizzle
June 18th 2013



11953 Comments


Oh I forgot it was you who name dropped those in a shoegaze thread earlier, yeah I checked em out, that's what led me to this. Good stuff, thanks.



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