Majesty Crush may have been the only shoegazer/dream-pop band from Detroit to land a major label deal in 1992. Their deal with Dali Records culminated soon after with their scrumptious Love 15 LP, which is a must, must have. Singer David Stroughter's hushed vocals atop his band's woozy, but soothing soundscapes made for some of the most sublime, enthralling music of their time. Giving the amount of competition in the early '90s, that's saying a lot.
The Fan EP, on the independent Vulva Records label served as a demo Love 15, containing formative versions of three songs that would appear on the album, including "No. 1 Fan," perhaps the most melodically stunning song ever to suggest a presidential assassination. Seriously. Lyrically, much of their early material may strike some as being a tad underwritten, but MC's sonic prowess is adequate compensation.
After apparently being released from their contract, or perhaps simply imploding, their final release came a year later. Sans Muscles is another five-song delight, this time showing a marked progression wherein the band extricates themselves from their dreamy haze, landing on a more lucid plateau.
To read up on the band's history, and for details of their recent "best-of" collection, check out their myspace page (linked above) and their Wikipedia entry.
01. No. 1 Fan
02. Penny For Love
03. Sunny Pie
Sans Muscles ep
01. Space Between Your Moles
03. Bestower of Blessings
04. If JFA Were Still Together
05. Ghost of Fun
Fan ep: http://netkups.com/?d=d98003434a5d3
Sans Muscles ep: http://netkups.com/?d=56e14103da88e
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