A.R. Kane

When You're Sad

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The band's debut release is definitely the roughest thing it ever did, though not without the flashes of inspired style which they would soon turn into aural alchemy. The title track, featured in both a short and long version, uses a stiff, echoed beat and screeching guitar to set the mood - far from simply being Jesus and Mary Chain clones, though, A.R. Kane treats the riffs with space and pacing instead of simple overload. Bits of tape starting and stopping add a nicely disorienting effect towards the end. Rudi's singing of a simple, catchy line, softly backed with a female vocal, provides the elegant counterpoint to the proceedings. "So Far Away," the remaining song on the disc, starts with a power-poppy guitar line, but the addition of ear-piercing feedback soon returns things to more expected territory, along with drums and more effects. It's a wistful number in its own way, Rudi's lovely voice running through the mix, while the music ends up oddly foreshadowing some of the Smashing Pumpkins' best moments near the end of its career.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 4:17
2 3:51
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