Sweet Trip - Halica: Bliss Out, Vol. 11

Darla
(DRL057: 708527005729)
Release date: 03/03/1998
Genre: Electronic, Shoegaze, Dreampop



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1. Fish, 2. Pulse, 3. Follow Me, 4. Come To Me, 5. Starlife, 6. Traces, 7. Jelly Charm

A cult classic. San Francisco's Sweet Trip are a unique blissed-out techno group. They integrate programmed beats with their vintage Fender guitars creating songs of stunning beauty and contagious rhythm. It's definitely 100% techno, but with breathy female vocals and shimmery guitars. It's more on the electronic than the ethereal side, yet comparable to Slowdive & The Cocteau Twins. This record is the bomb.

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We met roughly 27 years ago, and 4 years later, after several band name changes, we released Halica on Darla Records. We couldn't believe that our little cassette of 4-track demos would eventually become our full length debut, and to this day we still cannot believe that this has happened.


Halica was recorded on a Tascam 4-track with just a drum machine, a Juno 6, guitars, lots of pedals, and PZM microphones from Radio Shack, usually late in the evenings and into the early mornings. Roby would sleep for a couple of hours after, wake up early and rush to rehearsal to meet Valerie and Viet and show them the latest weird demos.

When the time came to work on the artwork, Viet found a picture of ecstasy pills that we passed to our designer, Ryan Hicks, and together we came up with the idea of tweaking the image to make it look like clouds. You can still kinda sorta make out the "E" on some of the pills.

Fun fact: the tracks Come to Me and Follow Me have their titles switched around. Come to Me is actually Follow Me and vice versa. You can sort of tell which track is which by listening to the lyrics.  -- Roberto Burgos, May 2021


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