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Space Affects the Spectator

by Aydin

Spacey yet tight, soft and then loud, influenced by classic shoegaze with a bit of punk and jazz, done with guitar, drums, and accordion (amped and producing healthy feedback).
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. What Else Is Left?
3:09 $0.99
2. Walking Into Windows
4:35 $0.99
3. Sunshine Down
3:57 $0.99
4. Airbomb
4:26 $0.99
5. Half-Gramme Holiday
4:08 $0.99
6. Screenful
4:16 $0.99
7. Strange Attractor
4:35 $0.99
8. Little Galaxy
3:48 $0.99
9. Warm Up
3:18 $0.99
10. Lando
7:06 $0.99
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Album Notes
Shannon "Pete" Mominee - guitar
Mark Russell - accordion
Karen Brooks - drums
Singing done by all of us.
The name is pronounced "I-den".

Aydin is a rare group in that we meld classic shoegaze influences with elements such as psych, punk, jazz and even prog to take the sound further, rather than merely rehashing it. We have strong-yet-wavering, clear-then-crunchy guitar, but we also have inventive, nimble drumming and accordion



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Manny Theiner, Pittsburgh City Paper

Things Are Looking Down
“I think what really made [the accordion] work was the drone. You have the ability to create all kinds of drones and atmospheric noises.”
These effects are highly in evidence on Aydin’s debut CD, Space Affects the Spectator, where a track such as “Little Galaxy” displays the shimmery, breathy pop of Galaxie 500, while “Airbomb” has the layered, gauzy feel of Windy & Carl.
Reflecting a couple years’ worth of composition, the tracks on Space bounce around thematically. Some, including “Warm Up” are more straightforward pop, while others, such as “Lando” (with lyrics about the beloved Star Wars character), take improvisational twists and meandering turns.
In that sense, Aydin might have some things loosely in common with the wide-open structures of jam rock, though you probably won’t find them at any hippie festivals.

Ed Masley, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

the music has no trouble standing on its own...
Post-shoegazer psychedelic rock with elements of prog, this indie power trio features lead accordion, plenty of E-bow and no bassist. "Space Affects the Spectator" could get a lot of mileage out that accordion. And it probably will. But once the novelty wears off, the music has no trouble standing on its own, an atmospheric wall of sound the band itself describes as "what is thought about while driving 80 mph on the highway with the windows down and the sun warming your body." Either way, you won't confuse it for a Weird Al record.