Jetman Jet Team

We Will Live the Space Age

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Skewing decidedly toward the space rock abyss, Seattle's Jetman Jet Team create a fuzzy Wall of Sound on their debut LP. Among the cadre of young groups carrying shoegaze's dusky torch for Texas-based label Saint Marie Records, Jetman enter the game with four minutes of sharp sonic wind in the form of the instrumental title track "We Will Live the Space Age." It's a bit long for an ambient introduction piece, but it sets the tone for the rest of the record, which is more of a sound installment than a collection of songs. When approached with that mindset, the 15-track album is easier to digest. There are certainly melodic elements and song structures, but they are largely buried in a harsh mix of mid-range effects drone which threatens to annihilate even the drums and bass. Sonically, Space Age follows in the D.I.Y. footsteps of hazed-out noise forebearers like Flying Saucer Attack and Spacemen 3 with its hushed, mostly inaudible vocal harmonies and thematic effect-laden production style. Several short instrumental pieces are inserted throughout the more pulsing full-band tracks like "Cosmic Age" and "Terrascope," although it's the quieter, downtempo tracks like "Color Coding" and "Monolith" that actually serve to break up the unyielding sonic wash that pervades the bulk of the album. For most of its 56 minutes, Space Age sounds like an already distant star whose nine-volt battery is fading out. Jetman Jet Team deserve praise for their sonic exploration, but in terms of song development, there just isn't that much to grab onto.

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