February 18, 2022

The Microphones - Don't Wake Me Up (1999)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Indie Rock
Label Number: KLP 099

© 1999 K
As part of K's slight expansion from the release of purely indie pop records, there are the Microphones, whose Don't Wake Me Up moves between gritty lo-fi rock and droning, spacy constructions; a delicate pop melodicism lies beneath the surface noise of both, putting the general aesthetic of the album somewhere close to Stereolab's Transient Random-Noise Bursts, or some of Grandaddy's early work. The latter of the two approaches seems to fare better, with the songs' dramatic builds and careful composition rendering a sound that is a lot more artistically impressive than pure rock -- but the fuller compositions are just as impressive, using their rampaging drums and the odd dichotomy between lo-fi guitar noise and frail, His Name Is Alive-style vocal presentation to approach something like an exaggerated shoegaze effect. Above all, Don't Wake Me Up offers a fascinating and involving set of sounds -- even in the rare moments when these sounds aren't organized as well as could be, they're still compelling.

tags: the microphones, dont wake me up, 1999, flac,

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