Plant Cell is a Chinese and Japanese shoegaze quartet based in Chiba, Japan. I don’t know anything about them. They were another discovery via my soundcloud feed. The only thing I know is that they released a bunch of standalone digital singles in August as well as a bunch of covers including a cover of My Bloody Valentine’s “Come In Alone”, Ringo Deathstarr’s “Kaleidoscope”, and a cover of Slowdive’s cover of Syd Barrett’s “Golden Hair”. Syd Barret’s version is two minutes long. Slowdive’s cover is about three and a half minutes long, and I’ve seen videos of them doing a 8 minute version. Here, for example, is a really, really good one from a festival in The Netherlands last year. Plant Cell’s version of that song removes the vocals and stretches it out to 11 minutes. At the end of the day, it’s grossly inferior to Slowdive’s interpretation of the song. Actually, I’m not wild about any of Plant Cell’s cover versions. Their original songs, though, are great.
They have songs with Japanese lyrics and songs with Chinese lyrics. Most, though, are instrumental. Like this one.
“Wheat Field” by Plant Cell
While some of their other songs are a bit noisier, this one has that perfect mixture of noise and ambient dream pop.