Red Stars Theory

Red Stars Theory

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Suicide Squeeze Records did everyone a favor by re-releasing Red Stars Theory's 1995 Deluxe Records 10" and RxRemedy 7" on one CD. These early tracks were recorded by Calvin Johnson at Dub Narcotic. The noisy melodies would fit nicely alongside Diary-era Sunny Day Real Estate or bands like Cursive. But James Bertram sings lush, hushed vocals that make Death Cab for Cutie references relevant. Red Stars Theory employs the soft-loud dynamic well, and songs like "Broken Neck" run into long Mogwai-esque jams. The sound on these two records is extremely consistent, and sometimes the dream-core flows from one song to the next almost too smoothly. But the drifting melancholy is pretty blissful and reveals the source of Red Stars Theory's later move toward psychedelia.

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