Friday, October 2, 2009

Study of the Lifeless - s/t (1999, American Pop Project)

The bio on pegs My Bloody Valentine as the influence of choice for this co-ed duo, but I'd argue it was Slowdive that was garnering more than a few plays in Study of the Lifeless' cd-changer. In fact, this self-titled debut is every bit as satisfying and impeccably crafted as Slowdive's ethereal, Just For a Day album. Shoegazer, dream-pop, atmospheric, however the hell you want to pigeonhole 'em, Study of the Lifeless are (or in all likelihood, were) masters of their craft, albeit a little derivative. There was a follow-up disk, The World Revolves Around You, which is yours for the taking here.

01. Promise Land
02. The Evening Comes
03. Never Know
04. Everything I Do
05. Not Thinking
06. I Don’t Believe
07. Through the Night
08. Nothing Ever Stays the Same
09. I’ll See You Tomorrow
10. You Kill Me Everyday

11. Wonder Why


Joseph Kyle said...

Honestly, I think this is more along the lines of what was going on at the time, with bands like Brian Jonestown Massacre, Experimental Aircraft, or a lot of the Clairecords scene. This record is awesome; I had it a long time ago, and it disappeared. Glad to discover it, and, more importantly, to discover other people liking it.

I might recommend to you the awesome Texas band the tomorrowpeople. They were around in the late 90s, toured with Tripping Daisy and Centro-Matic, and were a great band. they reformed last year, and also reissued their material. Speaking of Dallas, I might also recommend UFOFU, a great band

spavid said...

I actually have the Tomorrowpeople cd. Always thought they were a tad overrated, but I do like UFOFU a lot. I have their album and a bunch of singles which I might post later.

Joseph Kyle said...

the tomorrowpeople's sole album fails to show their truly psychedelic side; the subsequent Marijuana Beach EP and the unreleased demos that were released last year almost sound like a different band. live, they were amazing!

Comet was another good Denton band as well; another is the Falcon Project.

Raymond said...

Came across this today. Been in shoegaze mode a bit lately and this is just what i've been looking for. The blog is excellent... would never have come across some of this stuff otherwise. Keep up the good work, it's much appreciated.

Shemp said...

How can you mention Dallas in the 90's and not mention pop poppins. They were phenomenal live. Thousands came out to their live shows on a Tuesday or any day of the week really. You should get a copy of Non-Pop Specific. Unlike most bands this CD sounds just like they did live. Their drummer was big reason for their success. He was in the Toadies, Course of Empire, Pleasure Club and now Better than Ezra. There are way too many lost bands from Dallas. Its a shame really that this band didn't get big. They would still be around.

spavid said...

Just updated the link.