Various Artists

Losing Yesterday

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Taking titular inspiration from "Losing Today," a Slowdive song that ended up becoming the name of a music magazine dedicated to post-shoegaze echoes, Losing Yesterday is both a bit of a sampler for the BlueSanct and Day2 Alliance labels and a brief but useful overview of some of the best turn-of-the-millennium blissout bands. Most of its tracks originally appeared on a seven-inch collection, so having them here at least boosts up the digital availability of same. Some cuts, like the semi-shambling "The Day" by Camera Club and less-than-a-minute-long "Twins" by FuscilLage, are pleasant enough if not remarkable. Elsewhere, though, Tiltmaster goes to town -- quite violently -- with a hyperdistorted demo version of "Waterbased," while Drekka's "Silent Duty" is fractured and shadowy bedroom recording pitched somewhere between Sebadoh, Baby Bird and Flying Saucer Attack. K. Joy make some enjoyably gentle noise on the sweet pop haze of "You Flower," and the Stuffings' "Advice From a Cat" uses what sounds like a kid's xylophone for extra bemusement. The remaining cuts actually originally surfaced on an issue of Losing Today, the first being an unreleased cut from Lovesliescrushing, "Nipra." Compared to the sheer tape abuse that said band originally conjured up, this song is far more reflective and spooked out, using only Scott Cortez's acoustic guitar, female vocals and plenty of echo and a bit of feedback to conjure up an unsettled mood. The closing "Dapur" by Vir is actually more or less a jam session of sorts, with Cortez, K. Joy and others all mixed into one extended zone-out of a track that could just as easily have been one person as six -- still, it's a nice way to conclude things.