Duster - Stratosphere
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1998 Ratings: #18
February 24, 1998 / Release Date
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An overlooked near-masterpiece of the 90's and possibly the best in genre for both slowcore and space rock. Though the album title suggests the sound palette only goes as far as the stratosphere of our planet, Duster actually pulls off a style in sound that feels much more transcendent in atmosphere than most space rock I've heard - particularly even more than big names like Spiritualized. The title track is perhaps the album's largest endeavour into space and is something I can gush about for ... read more
Not sure what I saw in this album before. Some of the tracks are mildly pleasant, but there's tons of filler. All of the tracks are repetitive, but there's a lack of subtleties to keep them interesting. The band pretty much runs out of ideas early on, this is especially noticeable from Constellations onwards. The stratosphere must be quite chaotic too, because this album doesn't flow well. Overall, Duster took the sound of the stratosphere and maintained it for 53 minutes, but they could never ... read more
Small basements can still make the widest soundscapes

Stargazing but in a fort with one other friend in a dark basement, enveloped in blankets. And the stars are those glow-in-the-dark ones that stick on ceilings.

Favorite Tracks: Stratosphere, Echo Bravo, Earth Moon Transit, Gold Dust
Highly recommend this one for studying

Mixing slowcore with space rock is a brilliant idea, and I'm definitely all for that. Duster pulled it of pretty well here, and I really like their dense and dusty sound. However, this album could have been way better than it actually is.

It honestly feels a bit too rough around the edges: the flow isn't that consistent and some tracks feel unfinished. I expected more from it, and despite me loving their sound, I don't feel completely satisfied with this ... read more
Scores high on atmosphere.

Scores low on melody.

For the most part, in this instance at least - atmosphere gets you a long way.
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Track List

  1. Moon Age
  2. Heading for the Door
  3. Gold Dust
  4. Topical Solution
  5. Docking the Pod
  6. The Landing
  7. Echo, Bravo
  8. Constellations
  9. The Queen of Hearts
  10. Two Way Radio
  11. Inside Out
  12. Stratosphere
  13. Reed to Hillsborough
  14. Shadows of Planes
  15. Earth Moon Transit
  16. The Twins / Romantica
  17. Sideria
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