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Probably my favorite album of all-time. A Storm In Heaven (1993). This is the opening track. Produced by John Leckie who did the Stone Roses s/t amongst others. I love the apocalyptic feeling yet somehow peaceful, like ASIH. It's been pointed out it isn't sonically the best produced album, but I can't visualize what it might sound like so alas. I'd go more along the lines of guitarist Nick McCabe's vision and the "studio" accomplishments before giving them any big credit as live performers. Nick was going for turning the guitar into a synthesizer and using the technology. Apocalyptic, misty, even a whale-like call on one track, and also cavernous as the album cover suggests. I still sort of think of it as the blueprint for outer space but recognize that's not what they might have been going for. It's infinite to be whatever you wish. Even if as Nick said Leckie wasn't great with recording guitars, I think it was his editing or I assume so. Nick was playing and Leckie took the best bits. I remember years ago someone wanted to lay down money for Nick's backlog of stuff, but in hindsight I wonder. Now you have 20-30 minutes of it meandering. As a diehard fan it might have been cool but otherwise I don't know. Circa 1993-94. It was never quite the same after that. Popular opinions says 1997 with Bitter Sweet Symphony, but this was the one at it's most experimental but with song structure restraint. Maybe not as consistently strong as some others, but as an ethereal *experience* its peerless IMO. A funny bit is when Leckie was recording the band he'd go around switching there amp settings or whatever. When he wasn't looking Nick would switch his back LOL. Or when the band were getting drunk and high and finally like oh poop we gotta get this poop recorded and started running around setting up mics all over trying to capture the sound. I'll add more later.

Edit: especially on the outro "I could see the fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiire." Insane. Never heard that before.
 
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As the first song of their first album, Star Sail fits perfectly to open a show " Hello it's me , are you there ? " Like a creature from out of space who saw human's behaviours, he just want throw the fire on Earth because Humanity doesn't deserve to go on this way.

I think this song is about being isolated from the world. Being in space is symbolic for being unsure of how things are supposed to be down on earth because it's all such a big confusing mess.
 

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