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Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Stephen Gardner, onetime member of indie-pop group Lorelei, took electronica to new heights with his Chessie imprint by refining drum & bass. Inspired by the rhythms of trains, Signal Series is thoroughly unique: breakbeat... more »
Amazon.com's Best of 1998
Stephen Gardner, onetime member of indie-pop group Lorelei, took electronica to new heights with his Chessie imprint by refining drum & bass. Inspired by the rhythms of trains, Signal Series is thoroughly unique: breakbeats mingle with guitars; tracks waver between ambient, dance, and postrock; and the train theme seems to somehow unify everything. It's a thoroughly listenable disc, and one of 1998's best. Sure, we've heard these sounds before, but never so intelligently assembled. --Jason Verlinde
Postrock meets drum & bass
Matthew D. Mercer | Chicago, IL United States | 01/03/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Chessie lies in the grey area shared by Third Eye Foundation (circa Ghost). It is neither drum & bass nor rock but rather a hybrid of the two. Equal parts TEF, Bowery Electric and My Bloody Valentine (sans vocals), Signal Series is a subtle, wonderful album full of off-kilter loops (often two drum loops at different speeds), bent samples and bass and guitar."
Good Stuff, Very Organic, Grows On Ya
firstname.lastname@example.org | NYC | 02/07/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"at first, I was a bit put off by the relatively lo-fi sound. then I was a bit put off because except for track 6 "at grade" I really didn't make too much of the connection between songs and rail events. by the end of the album and after a few more listens, it had begun to grow on me. I very much like the organic lo-fi feel (though I wouldn't be adverse to slightly more distinct mixes). the sense of life, of a living hand in the works is very reassuring. these are real songs and the guitar and bass are nice, one cut reminds me very much of Tortoise (in a very good way), and I had to laugh at recognizing the loop from Reich's "drumming." I think the 2 reviews I read previous to hearing the album mis-represented it to a certain degree, but I'm quite happy to own Signal Series. (oh yeah, the b/w photo on the inner sleeve is awesome.)"