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681 Stratosphere by Duster


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Phil Ek

The 1998 debut Stratosphere by Duster eschews traditional song structures for ambient noise experimentation and droning indie guitar rock

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Duster's 1998 debut Stratosphere came out to little fanfare at the time of release. Featuring a distinctive blend of dreamy, reverb-soaked guitars, buried vocals, and a deliberate, slow tempo, the band creates an atmospheric sound that is occasionally mesmerizing. Characterized by its introspective and melancholic mood, tracks like "Heading for the Door" and "Gold Dust" transport listeners to a sonically immersive and otherworldly place, making it a cult classic in the indie rock and shoegaze communities. Over the years, the album has gained recognition for its influence on subsequent generations of musicians exploring similar sonic landscapes. But buzz can be a double-edged sword, so will this revered record live up to the hype?

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Inside Out
  • 22:00 - Heading For The¬†Door
  • 26:32 - Stratosphere
  • 29:23 - Gold Dust
  • 33:50 - Earth¬†Moon Transit
  • 37:23 - Topical Solution
  • Outro - Docking The Pod

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