Duster - Stratosphere
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Based on 159 ratings
1998 Ratings: #21
February 24, 1998 / Release Date
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Ok I was finally able to put into words my connection with Stratosphere and explain why it just clicked with me so much. Haven't written anything this size in months, so uh, yeah.

My grandfather has a cottage in Vermont right on Lake Champlain. When we stay there on weekends, since there's no wifi, I'm left quite bored, but in peace. Although I end up sleeping most of the time that we're there for, I always have fond memories of that place just because of how calm it is. I imagine myself ... read more
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
Stratosphere lives up to it’s name; a slow, calming release.

Though I love loud and eccentric music (trap metal’s what got me through 5th grade), slow music will always be better for me. Stratosphere is arguably one of the peaks of that kind of sound, so of course I would love it. The lo-fi sound mixed with this already calming form of rock totally creates a heavier atmosphere than it would refined. The songs are short, which leaves this effect that makes you wanna listen to the ... 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
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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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