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Flying Saucer Attack

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3.33 | 9 ratings | 4 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Rainstorm Blues (4:09)
2. In the Light of Time (4:48)
3. Come and Close My Eyes (4:27)
4. For Silence (7:39)
5. Still Point (3:12)
6. Here Am I (6:37)
7. To the Shore (12:08)
8. She Is the Daylight (4:13)

Total Time: 47:12

Line-up / Musicians

- Flying Saucer Attack / multi instruments

Releases information

LP Drag City #69 (1995)
CD Drag City #69 (1995)

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FLYING SAUCER ATTACK Further ratings distribution

(9 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
Good, but non-essential (25%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (12%)


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Review by Heptade
4 stars I'm very happy to see FSA here. If you are into psych-folk, you will go crazy for this album. What it is is a collection of trippy acoustic songs on pastoral themes sung in a sleepy voice that sound like they were recorded on a four-track. Then layers of guitar noise and feedback are added over top to make one of the most brain-numbing experiences you can have. It really is something. Some later albums dropped the acoustic folk thing for an entirely electric sound. There are also a couple of guitar-noise instrumentals ("Rainstorm Blues"). FSA really demonstrated what could be done sonically with just a guitar and a couple of pedals...amazing stuff. But if you are offended by feedback, stay away. If you are adventurous and like psychedelia or acid-folk, you will love this.
Review by ClemofNazareth
1 stars Well this is my second Flying Saucer Attack album. The first I have an excuse for since I found it in a used record store and had no idea what I was getting into. This time is my own fault since I did know what they sounded like but still didn’t resist buying this in another used record store almost a decade later. My bad.

I guess this one isn’t as horrible as the debut, which is just gawd-awful acoustic-and- feedback tripe scratched onto four tape tracks with a dull fingernail or broken glass or something. Truly dreadful.

This one isn’t that bad, but it’s nothing I’d go out of my way to try and find. There’s some acoustic guitar, some electric guitar feedback, some poorly-done sound effects, and occasional vocals that are kind of like a flat Bryan-Ferry-meets-that-guy-from- Icehouse (for some reason every time I hear a slightly-bored, slightly-creepy, mostly- dull male vocal set to bad prog music I can’t resist comparing it to Icehouse – now that was some terrible music!).

The production quality is somewhat better this time around, and I guess the girl that was in the ‘band’ is gone so it’s back to being a solo act again. Hard to make a relationship work on bad post-rock and sonic feedback alone, I suppose.

So anyway, the songs are all about the same: some slow and fairly mild (usually acoustic) guitar lead-in; slowly building and phasing in feedback to a point where that’s all you can hear; maybe a few cheap sound-effects like wrinkled tin foil to simulate rain; then some sort of disjointed ending. Sounds like this is all done on four tracks like the first one was. Pretty sparse in the artwork and packaging too. “To the Shore” sounds like at least an attempt at something more complex, but ends up dragging on too long with an endless guitar repetition regardless. The only mildly interesting tracks are “Come and Close my Eyes” with an acoustic back line that persists and kind of gives the composition some grounding; and “Still Point”, where the vocalist manages to appear at least interested for a couple minutes. The rest is completely forgettable. This is not some hidden gem; it's just obscure because it deserves to be.

I’m sure this is a nice guy, or at least I don’t have any reason to think he isn’t anyway. But this music is incredibly simple, undeveloped, and unimaginative. I think he’s just sitting in his apartment with a tape machine and a couple pedals and moping about his girlfriend the bass player leaving him. Get over it dude. One star.


Review by Prog Sothoth
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Flying Saucer Attack's Further combines borderline abrasive sheets of drone and guitar feedback with delicate folk melodies and soft, echoey vocals, forming haunting tunes that evoke a disorienting and vast atmosphere. It's like being lost on some barren breezy landscape at dusk.

The album begins with "Rainstorm Blues", an eerie instrumental that practically sounds like flying saucers hovering over some field deciding what sort of crop circles to make as a storm gathers in the distance. The vocal tracks follow, and this combination of gentle melodies swathed in blankets of din create this shoegaze effect that heightens the sense of isolation provided by the dreamy, detached singing of David Pearce. Co-member Rachel Brook gets her own spacey vocal showcase for "Still Point", resulting anan even dreamier track than the norm regarding this album. There's also the long instrumental "To the Shore" that's like some psychedelic journey across rocky shorelines draped with fog.

Yes I'm throwing in lots of landscape metaphors here simply because that's the sort of sonic impression I get from this. The levels of noise never get too jarring or violent, but this certainly isn't the kind of stuff you'd hear at The Newport Folk Festival or something. The production may have been recorded in a lo-fi manner, but it still sounds quite excellent with a wide scope-like effect.

Predating much of post-rock and the whole 'blackgaze' scene, it could be seen as an influence on both, although this group generally flew under the radar like flying saucers tend to do themselves, so maybe it's just more of a coincidence that this album contains obvious attributes utilized so thoroughly by later acts. Either way, just zone out and enjoy the waves.

Latest members reviews

5 stars It took me a couple of goes to get into FSA. Dave Pearce does rather like to scare you off - anybody who heard his cover of Wire's Outdoor Miner, most recently anthologised on that Domino Records sampler, will have found themselves wondering exactly whose bright idea it was to filter out the enti ... (read more)

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