10/07/2007

The Chills - Kaleidoscope World (1986)

«The Chills were one of New Zealand’s best and most popular bands of the 80s, making a small but consistent series of chiming, hook-laden guitar pop. Both the songs and the arrangements were constructed with interweaving guitar hooks and vocal harmonies, creating a pretty, almost lush, sound that never fell into cloying sentimentality. Throughout their existence, the band’s personnel changed frequently – there were more than ten different lineups – with the only constant member being guitarist Martin Phillipps, the band’s founder. […]

Kaleidoscope World is the Chills’ essential document, although it’s not an album but a collection of tracks from early- and mid-80s EPs, singles, and compilation cuts. Perhaps that’s not surprising: the Chills are more skilled at crafting interesting odds and sods than sustaining interest over the course of an album, where their somewhat monochromatic approach tends to drag things down. The influence of Syd Barrett/early Pink Floyd is stronger on these early tracks than it would be on subsequent releases, both on the easygoing singalong numbers and the more experimental outings. The highlight (of both the album and the Chills’ career) is their New Zealand hit single, the haunting "Pink Frost."» (AMG)

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Radu said...
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Anonymous said...

thanks very much for this (never saw nowhere) i've got "sunburnt", submarine bells " and 'soft bomb" but i suppose that you have
i really enjoy to listen this
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kurt said...

thanks! how about
'brave words'? do you have it? any chance of posting it too?
also their best of album called 'heavenly pop hits'.

Art Rock said...

Grazie! I had heard about this band, but never actually had the chance to hear them.

drfeelgoed said...

Thank you

Meredith said...

Thank you so much for sharing this album. I am from New Zealand, but I never got a Chills album. So I'm belatedly catching up!

Radu said...

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www.badajoz-3d.com said...

To my mind one and all ought to look at this.

hellare said...

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