A great rainy-day record. Hazy dream-pop lives on.
A;bum: The Asteroid Shop
Label: The Council
US Release Date: 2011-10-18
UK Release Date: 2011-10-18
The Asteroid Shop is a gauzy, hazy slab of pop-rock goodness that roars—dreamily—out of your speakers in a way that's almost comforting. There isn't much about the band that's especially new, but sometimes familiarity breeds not contempt, but appreciation. That's certainly the case here.
Opening track "Destroyer" is among the album's most raucous, built up from layers of guitar distortion, while "Planetary" takes an initially more placid turn before erupting into an unexpected but welcome crescendo. Other tunes follow the pattern of being either mainly-acoustic introspections or quiet shoegaze meltdowns. A few tracks stand out, namely "Dandelion", with its shimmering layers of synth and guitar, and album closer "Sinner's Life" which trades in both jangly reverb and a gentle, affecting melody. Songs tend to be well-written and tightly performed. It's a pity then that the weakest link is arguably singer Eric Brendo, whose vocals tend to be thin and rather forgettable. The Asteroid Shop isn't going to rewrite the rock songbook and isn't trying to, but for fans of dreamy noise, they're worth a listen.