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SPC Eco: Sirens and satellites (2013)

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Shoegaze y electrónica, estrellas, sirenas y satélites.

One of their collaborations was the first track that was completed for the release, a spacey delight called “Fallen Stars,” which also happens to open the album. Like several of the songs on the 15 track record, it features crushing, raw guitars that hover over droning but shiny synth, a smooth bass guitar part, and Rose’s ethereal voice, among other sounds (of which there are many).
One of the album’s strongest tracks is the highly addictive, punchy single “Delusional Waste,” which calls to mind early Garbage and Republica. While Rose’s vocals are often buried — sometimes too buried — in the mix of the duo’s post shoegaze post dream pop tunes, the vocals are loud and clear on “Delusional Waste,” which is wonderful because Rose has a beautiful voice that deserves to be heard. In this case, she’s calling someone “a fucking waste of space,” so she isn’t exactly trying to sound beautiful, but she does nevertheless. With a gorgeous voice like hers, it just can’t be helped. She could be reciting a black mass and it would still sound heavenly and precious. That said, “Delusional Waste” calls for some brash attitude and Rose does give off just the right amount of don’t-fuck-with-me vibe. She just happens to sound celestial while she does so.
If you’re a fan of the undead then you’re sure to like the goth rock-tinged “Zombie,” which sounds like a cross between My Bloody Valentine and The Smashing Pumpkins. But dreamier. It’s quite trippy, in fact, and it’s hypnotic tunes like this that make me a little less bothered that Wiki simply refers to this duo as shoegaze” (loveispop.com)

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22 enero, 2014 Posted by | Spc Eco | Deja un comentario

SPC Eco: Push (Ep, 2013)

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Si no hace mucho (Octubre de este mismo año) hablábamos del último disco de SPC Eco como una especie de borrón en su carrera, con este Ep titulado Push… las tornas más o menos continúan igual. Empeñados como están en saturarnos los oídos con un disco tras otro, los londinenses inician el 2013 con este Ep de tres temas y una Remix de la titular.
En realidad, Push representa el intento de SPC Eco de acercarse a la facción más Electrónica del Shoegaze, algo así a lo que facturan School of Seven Bells. El intento desde luego es acertado, y el tema es muy aprovechable y, por qué no decirlo, muy bailable.
Cierran el disco Talk him down y Escape from earth, temas ambos en los que la Electrónica toma, como decíamos un papel protagonista y tampoco dicen demasiado, para qué engañarnos, con lo que el nivel del disco decae bastante. Aprobado…

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8 enero, 2013 Posted by | Spc Eco | Deja un comentario

SPC ECO: Dark notes (2012)

Cuando en un mismo año te empeñas en editar disco tras disco y, aunque esté muy bien demostrar al mundo el gran talento que posees, ésto se convierta en casi una rutina discográfica, la consecuencia más lógica es que el hastío llegue hasta los oídos de quienes normalmente han seguido tu carrera musical.
Algo así es lo que les está pasando a los londinenses liderados por el ex-Curve Dean Garcia SPC ECO, un ejemplo más (y ya no quiero volver a citar anteriores) de que no forzosamente editar muchos discos sea sinónimo de calidad.
Este Dark notes (2012) es el tercer trabajo aparecido en menos de un año. La innovación sonora, sus coqueteos con el Dream-Pop y con la Electrónica están ahí, pero personalmente, el resultado final a mí me resulta francamente tedioso. Entiendo que no es un género para escuchar en determinadas condiciones, pero opino que a este paso la saturación del clásico sonido Shoegaze estará a la vuelta de la esquina con discos como Dark notes, de donde es difícil extraer un momento que ofrezca algún momento de cálidez y de emoción sonora (sin hablar de la Outro de doce minutos con que nos obsequian graciosamente).
Lo pasaremos por alto. En breve habrá nuevo disco…

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26 octubre, 2012 Posted by | Spc Eco | Deja un comentario

Spc Eco: Don´t say (Ep, 2012)

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Personalmente, y desde hace mucho tiempo, me encantan esas poses tan cool que adoptan ciertos músicos no sólo ante el público en sus conciertos, sino de alguna manera, ante la música y su manera de concebirla e interpretarla. Algo así les ocurre a Spc Eco, una banda conocida por estos lares y que a finales del año pasado editó su segundo álbum, el genial You tell me, que hizo las delicias de nuestros ávidos oídos Shoegazers. Entonces decíamos que Spc Eco poseen el toque y la mezcla justa de Shoegaze y Dream-Pop. En este Ep, titulado Don´t say (2012), retoman el camino iniciado e incluso lo mejoran, puesto que eliminan algo de la hojarasca que enturbiaba la visión distorsionada de aquel, para concentrar en un formato reducido, lo mejor de su música: la distorsión, los loops, guitarras espaciales, los ritmos cadenciosos, las atmósferas creadas entre las voces de Rose Berlin y los instrumentos…
Un todo perfecto que llega quizás demasiado pronto con respecto a su antecesor, pero que desde luego será un disco altamente apreciado por aquellos amantes del género. Nosotros ya nos hemos enamorado.

Spc Eco – Don´t say (Ep, 2012)

“I’ve been meaning to review these for AGES. I even got as far as creating a word document on my laptop but all it says in it is: “Following in the somewhat frustrating tradition of having UK bands pointed out to me by someone who lives 5,000 miles away, I was introduced to the London based group SPC ECO [pronounced Space Echo].” With their new EP release Don’t Say and their recent signing to 😄 Records, I thought it was about time I got on with it. The main members are Dean Garcia, formerly of the band Curve, his daughter Rose Berlin, and guitarist Joey Levenson. Guest musicians appear throughout, including Chris McCormack on “Heavy Fucking Guitar”.
When I first heard their music in early 2011, I couldn’t work out whether they were still an active band or not, but with subsequent releases [that I also didn’t get round to writing about] and now this latest one I can fairly safely say that, yes, they are indeed still active. SPC ECO describe themselves on their Bandcamp as alternative, ambient, dream-pop, electronic, indie, nu gaze, rock, shoe-gaze from the UK. I’d say that just about covers it. The thing with most of their tracks is that they are really quite heavy and intense sonic assaults, but without the screaming and aggression that you would associate with genres like grindcore. It’s definitely not metal either – I’d say the main focus of the tracks is the synth, although there are plenty of guitars involved as well. The dreamy, sweet vocals from Rose Berlin counter the heaviness perfectly – it’s the sort of thing that done badly sounds awful, but for SPC ECO it really works.
At first I thought that this EP was not quite as melodic as the previous releases, but on repeat listens I started to hear more and more tunes swimming up out of the cacophony. To say the sort of music they create is easy listening sounds condescending, but that is how I could best describe it. It is never hard work to let the layers, beats, vocals and huge guitars wash over you. In other words, it is perfect soundtrack music. I would also advise exploring their back catalogue, including two full albums and several EPs, which are all available to stream and purchase on Bandcamp (beardrock.com)

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29 marzo, 2012 Posted by | Spc Eco | 1 comentario

Spc Eco: You tell me (2011)

El segundo álbum de Spc Eco (pronúnciese Space Echo) se titula You tell me (2011), y es el disco ideal para cualquier buen aficionado Shoegazer, porque en él vamos a encontrar los mejores elementos del género. A saber: guitarras afiladas, loops, ritmos programados, mantras sonoros, voces etéreas y… el toquecito justo de Dream-Pop, adecuado para dar el toque final a un disco que, a no ser porque en su segunda mitad desvaría demasiado y divaga en círculos, sería uno de los mejores álbumes del género producidos en este 2011.
En realidad, tan sólo por los dos primeros temas, Gone y Fading out, el álbum se justificaría por sí solo. Dos temas tremendos, con ritmos programados y machacantes, la voz de Rose Berlin, por cierto, la hija de Dean Garcia (ex-Curve),  ejerciendo de maestra de ceremonias junto con unas armonías preciosistas;  todo ello aderezado con la dosis pertinente de guitarras y teclados para aderezar dos platos del mejor y revivido Shoegaze.
El único pero al disco lo encontramos en la segunda mitad del mismo, a partir del séptimo corte, cuando Spc Eco insisten en mostrarnos su cara más ambiental dejándose llevar y divagar por una onda Dream-Pop con demasiada electrónica que por estos lares no digerimos fácilmente. En cualquier caso, bonito disco este segundo de Spc Eco que en Navidad nos obsequiaron con una adaptación navideña de Mozart.

Spc Eco – You tell me (2011)

“You might not have heard of SPC ECO(pronounced Space Echo) before though there is every chance you’ve come across bassist / programmer Dean Garcia in his former band, Curve. SPC ECO are just about to release their second full-length (following a handful of EP’s and a full length since 2008) ‘You Tell Me’ is due for release 14th November and let me tell you straight away, it’s absolutely luscious.
The eleven tracks combine to make pure, unadulterated aural ecstasy, throughout you are treated to the pulsing electronic rhythms, distorted guitar whirlwinds, layered soundscapes and the soft, pure vocals of Rose Berlin, Dean’s daughter.
‘You Tell Me’ kicks off heavy, all are with absolute monsters. “Gone” finds the band in menacing form, with dark, industrial pulsating beats, throbbing bass and heavy guitar riffs whilst “Calling” brooding sonic atmospherics intoxicate and “Big Fat World” is equally great, pulverising guitar maelstroms, dynamic drums and the angelic vocals of Rose, all in all, it’s fucking brilliant.
Yet my favourite moments possibly come when the tempo is taken down a notch in favour of this otherworldly, dreamy mood like on “All My Love” and “Fall a Million Ways”, the former with slow-burning glistening beats while the latter combines a minimal trippy dub beat with Rose’s ethereal and beautiful vocals. Throughout her voice manages to rise above the instruments and programming and is a genuine highlight.
“Forever Each Day” sees the celestial and noise-pop collide, washes of guitar, echoes and deep electronic beats meet the airy, gorgeous vocals. I could continue to uses numerous adjectives to describe this wonderful album but you’ve got the idea by now, for fans of dream / noise pop this album is an essential listen” (listenbeforeyoubuy.net)

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4 enero, 2012 Posted by | Spc Eco | 1 comentario

   

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