Stratosphere is the debut studio album by American space-rock band Duster. The album was released February 24, 1998, on the Up Records label in the United States. The album was primarily written and recorded by members Clay Parton and Canaan Dove Amber, with Jason Albertini contributing drums to three tracks. The band subsequently released the Contemporary Movement album in 2000. The 7th track from the CD version of the album, "Echo, Bravo", is omitted from the original LP.
Stratosphere demonstrates their guitar-based focus, riding on the flow of duel picking guitar melodies. With many guitars switching dynamic roles and riding on tunings, Duster sounds a bit like early Sonic Youth. Bass and drums act as the bottom, while guitars playfully find their melody by feeding off one another, throwing notes back and forth. The four-track recording element brings a wonderful space warmth or humidity to Stratosphere, which keeps you flying in the air or floating in space.
The title track is perhaps the album's largest endeavour into space and is something I can gush about for.
Stratosphere is an album of polarizations. On one hand, half of the songs, despite being repetitive and simplistic, mesmerize the listener. On the other, many of the songs plod along and float away, accomplishing nothing. Tracks such as Topical Solution, Constellations, and Stratosphere seem to suspend the listener in the album's limitless vacuum. The Queen of Hearts trudges along with a simple arpeggio-like progression. There's a nagging feeling that these musicians are tired, and that lethargy was transferred into the album.
Nom de l'album Stratosphere. Date de parution 1998. Style MusicalNéo Prog. Membres possèdant cet album0. 2. Heading for the Door.
Heavy Metal Substratum. Band Name Substratum. Album Name Stratosphere. Type EP. Released date 23 March 2018. Labels Divebomb Records. Music StyleHeavy Metal. Members owning this album1.
CreditsStratosphere - Primary Artist
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