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Bailterspace: Strobosphere

Last Updated 9/29/2012 4:00:27 PM

By: Paul Barrel



(Fire Records)

After an eight-year hiatus Bailterspace is back with their first album of new material since 1999’s Solar.3.

The atmospheric noise rock group originated in Christchurch, New Zealand in the late 1980s. I first discovered them in the early 1990s after they had relocated to the U.S. and were touring behind an engaging EP known simply as B.E.I.P. In fact, I remember seeing the band at small restaurant by day/rock club by night called Treno’s in Urbana, Illinois around this time. And they were fantastic. I’ve followed them ever since.

Through the years the band has had its ups and downs … moving from one indie label to another, now finding most of their catalog out of print. Needless to say, I was rather excited to learn they had a new record in the offing. Unfortunately, time has not been kind to the gents from down under.

Don’t get me wrong, Strobosphere is quintessential Bailterspace. However, the quality of the recording seems more demo-ish than a fully formed album. This is a band known for lush production and intricate arrangements. I don’t hear it on Stroboshpere. There are kernels of brilliance that seemingly get lost in the lower-fi approach. And I find that disappointing.

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