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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Nadja - When I See Sun Always Shines (2009)

Genre : Drone, Dark Ambient, Experimental, Shoegaze Canada

Tracklist :

01. Only Shallow (My Bloody Valentine cover)
02. Pea (Codeine cover)
03. No Cure For The Lonely (Swans cover)
04. Dead Skin Mask (Slayer cover)
05. The Sun Always Shines On TV (A-ha cover)
06. Needle In The Hay (Elliott Smith cover)
07. Long Dark Twenties (Kids In The Hall cover)
08. Faith (The Cure cover)

Nadja—a duo from Toronto, Ontario featuring Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff—create what is often described as ’ambient doom.’ Nadja’s music combines elements of metal, shoegaze, ambient, post-rock , experimental, and neo-classical.
Their new album, ’When I See The Sun Always Shines On TV,’ features eights covers of some of Baker and Buckareff’s favorite bands. ”Consider this album an exploration of the roots of Nadja,” says Baker. ”Everyone compares us to My Bloody Valentine, so we had to cover them; Codeine and Swans were both bands exploring the heaviness of metal without actually being metal; The Cure have that lovely, bittersweet gloominess; Elliott Smith's 'Needle in the Hay' is simultaneously so simple and so devestating; no one believed us when we said we covered a song from The Kids in the Hall movie, a staple of our live set, so we had to get that one to tape; how could we resist the opportunity to cover A-ha's heaviest (but oh so catchy) tune? And Slayer is just Slayer. In an effort to illustrate our motivations behind this album, we asked our friend Mathew Smith to create a series of children's-storybook-like drawings to go with each song.”

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