The Veldt‘s “ Illuminated 1989,” produced and remastered by Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins, is one of those records you should put on your radar. Originally envisioned as their debut album, this material had the unfortunate fate of being shelved by Capital Records, who forced the band to re-record all the songs and release them as “Marigolds.”
At the core of “Illuminated 1989” lies a mesmerizing shoegaze sound that resonates with an ethereal allure. Characterized by its immersive atmospheres and lush guitar textures, the entire material shines with impressive orchestrations that will satisfy even the pickiest fans of the genre. Each track on the album is a standalone sonic journey, with instrumentations that immediately penetrate the listening apparatus, enveloping the consumer in a reverby soundscape. Of course, this material wouldn’t sound good without magnificent themes, melodies, harmonies, chord progressions, and riffs, which are one of
The Veldt‘s heaviest weapons here. The “Illuminated 1989” sonic architecture also reveals a captivating blend of indie rock, post-punk, and alternative elements, showcasing The Veldt’s versatility and willingness to cross diverse musical territories. While some ethereal instrumentations nod to similar groups of that era, there is still an unmistakable individuality to The Veldt‘s sound. The comprehensive collection of complementary genres creates a musical kaleidoscope where each track unfolds like a sonic adventure, surprising the listener with unexpected twists and turns.
Maybe “Illuminated 1989” exemplifies The Veldt’s ability to write and compose marvelous shoegaze songs but they also pay homage to so many influences along the way. Robin Guthrie’s role as a producer is pivotal, infusing the album with a dreamy, Cocteau Twins-esque quality that serves as the foundation for The Veldt’s sonic exploration. Perhaps you get used to the “Marigolds,” but these original recordings retained their essence, patiently waiting for their moment to shine. The vinyl remastering earlier this year brings these hidden gems to the forefront, allowing listeners to experience the sonic alchemy that transpired in 1989. The album’s timeless quality lies in its ability to evoke a sense of nostalgia while remaining contemporary and relevant. The interplay of influences, the dreamy textures, and the genre-defying approach create a musical landscape that feels like a journey through time and space. “Illuminated 1989” is not merely a relic of the past; it is a living, breathing showcase of the enduring power of creativity and the collaborative magic between The Veldt and Robin Guthrie.
“Illuminated 1989” is a sonic odyssey that invites listeners to transcend the boundaries of genre and immerse themselves in the celestial beauty of The Veldt’s unique sound. With Robin Guthrie’s masterful production, the album unfolds as a magnificent shoegaze experience, where every note resonates with mesmerizing allure. The additional blend of indie rock, post-punk, and alternative elements adds layers of complexity, ensuring that each listen unveils new facets of its sonic richness. As I said before, you should put this album on your radar if you’re a true shoegaze fan. Head to
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