This southern California band's stated motto is "atmosphere, arrangement, sound, layering and noise." Its third album, Gold, should thrill anyone seeking these qualities. It boasts the cosmic showers of Slowdive, the underwater undulations of My Bloody Valentine and the fragile melodies of Pale Saints. But while the sounds are derivative, the songs vibrate with discovery and, for the first time, the band seems in complete control over its echoing instruments. While this album came ahead of the newgazing curve, it found a niche audience and became an influential force in the evolution of the genre. In later years, Bethany Curve would add more conventional melodies and dynamics to its songs, but for fans of glistening ethereal textures, this one's pure Gold.
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