May 15, 2021

The Spinanes - Arches & Aisles (Advance Promo CD) (1998) ☠

*This is an advanced promo CD given to radio stations in a slipcase. 
Contains the album in its entirety with (11 tracks total.)
Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Indie Rock
Label Number: SP 417 CD/LP
☠: Selected by Lass
© 1998 Sub Pop
On their third album, singer/songwriter Rebecca Gates' Spinanes lay out a more melodic and lyrically enticing platter, nearly achieving the scarred beauty that their past two efforts merely hinted at within the grooves. Gates receives more than a little help from various studio pals this time around, assisting her in her obstinate quest for indie pop splendor. Arches and Aisles appends its folky lo-fi tunes with a solid backbeat, eliminating much of the oblique posturing from past albums and focusing instead on the crispness of the songs. Gates can still be elusive at times, even cryptic in her meandering wordplay, and some of the songs still crawl around barren indie territory with nowhere to go. But the sweet and sour samples mixed into Arches and Aisles make it the Spinanes least confining, and most listenable, album. [The CD was also released with bonus tracks.]

tags: the spinanes, arches and aisles, 1998, flac, promo disc,

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