Phew

Phew

Phew

1981

Post-Punk

This is a superb, virtually unknown album by the Japanese vocalist Phew, formerly of the punk/no wave band Aunt Sally. Backed by members of Can -- Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit -- and recorded at Conny Planck's studios in Germany, it has the earmarks of an album Can could have made, had they taken a different path after Ege Bamyasi.

- JT Lindroos

Engineers

Engineers

Engineers

June 21, 2005

Alternative/Indie Rock

The Engineers' early-'90s shoegaze meets mid-'90s space rock is so reverent to its mistress, one wonders if the reels weren't pulled from a 4AD time capsule buried in the English countryside. Their attention to sonic detail, unabashed romanticism, and instantly engaging melodies should win them legions of fans who grow misty-eyed at the mention of the names Slowdive, Spiritualized, and the Pale Saints.

- James Monger