93MillionMilesFromTheSun is a melodic shoegaze trio from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. I’ve written about the band before, and I put spaces between the words, but it’s my understanding that the official way to do it is without spaces. Because that’s such a mouthful, and because it’s awkward to type, some people will simply use 93MMFTS. They’ve been making records since 2008, but the only constant member has been Nick Noble (aka “Nick Mainline”). It’s hard to get an accurate count, but since 2009, they’ve released four proper albums, a bunch of EPs and a bunch of singles and special releases. This year alone, they’ve released the four-song Watch Her Fall EP, a three-song EP of Ride covers entitled Ride, the four-song Nothing Left Inside EP, and the new album Fall Into Nothing, which has 15 songs and clocks in a chunky 72 minutes. They also, apparently, reissued the 2012 album Towards The Light.
This is a band that I knew about for a long time, but I only started listening to them at the end of last year. It was their Ride covers that first caught my attention, and I wrote about their rendition of “Drive Blind” here. The new record was already on my radar last December, and it came out in May. Somehow, though, I didn’t actually get it until last week. I’ve spent a bunch of time with it, and I really love it.
“Reflections” by 93MillionMilesFromTheSun
I love how there’s a total wall of sound without relying on ear-splitting volume. As much as I love feedback, squall, and sheer noise, I also love it when there’s a dense wall of quiet noise. I also love that the vocals and drums are weighted heavily towards the left channel. It’s slightly disorienting to listen to this on headphones because it’s subtle. Unlike some Stereolab songs, for example, where there’s stuff bouncing all over the stereo field and you’re aware of what’s happening, even if you’re weirded out by it. With this, I sort of had the feeling that I was wearing my monitors wrong. It’s hard to explain, but in the end, I like that effect.