Release date: 11/13/2007
Genre: Country, Shoegaze
Athens, GA's experimental, instrumental, Americana group, Japancakes cover My Bloody Valentine's classic Loveless record from start to finish with pedal steel and cello in place of vocal and lead melodies -- and without any distortion. MBV’s Loveless (Creation: 1991) remains the defining record of the genre and completely unparalleled by any artist since.
Japancakes don't record together like other bands. They do play together but when they record in studio they do so one at a time. Each player writes their own part and adds it to the part(s) recorded previously by fellow band members. The result of this practice is that the personality of each individual player is often better captured. Each player's individual performance is strengthened by the technique.
Japancakes is Eric Berg, rhythm guitar, Nick Belli, bass, Brant Rackley, drums, John Neff, pedal steel, Heather McIntosh, cello, Andy Baker, production.
RIYL: My Bloody Valentine, Shoegaze, Electronica, Americana, Tortoise, Mogwai, Sigur Ros, Hammock, Santo & Johnny.
1. Only Shallow, 2. Loomer, 3. Touched, 4. To Here Knows When, 5. When You Sleep, 6. I Only Said, 7. Come In Alone, 8. Sometimes, 9. Blown A Wish, 10. What You Want, 11. Soon
"Just got the Japancakes - Loveless promo. JEEZUS, when someone covers one of my favorite albums of all time, I stand up and take notice. Awesome piece of work which doesn't detract from the original one bit, and has it's own soul. Yes, you know each song as you hear it, but it's different enough to make clear how talented these folks are." --Dave/Ear Rational
"Whether or not you believe in covers or tributes, or whether you're one of those cynics who thinks it risks the original being marred, I say fuck off; that instead it's an honour. This is the best tribute album since The Tallywood String Quartet's tribute to OK Computer." --THE SILENT BALLET
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