10.18.2015 — “Wheat Field” by Plant Cell

Plant Cell

If you only listen to one song tonight, make it “Wheat Field” by Plant Cell (2015, from a standalone digital single).

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.

You can get all of the digital singles via bandcamp here. Also, check out the Plant Cell soundcloud page here to hear all of their covers, plus some other things not on the bandcamp page.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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