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Charmparticles | Alive in the Hot Spell

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Alive in the Hot Spell

by Charmparticles

An exquisite hour of swirling, dreamlike melodies and hooks. The shadowy whisper of departures, the kind that mean your friend has crossed the globe, and the kind that mean they have left it.
Genre: Rock: Shoegaze
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Black Braid
4:02 $0.99
2. Gold Plated Shot
4:09 $0.99
3. The Magnificent Sky, I Leave and Am High
5:19 $0.99
4. Rarest Numbers
4:49 $0.99
5. Relapse
4:20 $0.99
6. Battersea
5:18 $0.99
7. Ablation Cascade
3:45 $0.99
8. The Quiet View
4:08 $0.99
9. Get Your Complex On
3:17 $0.99
10. A Danger to Your Health
5:42 $0.99
11. Kohii
5:12 $0.99
12. Sea of Okhotsk
3:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
An exquisite hour of swirling, dreamlike melodies and hooks, the record retains familiar Charmparticles elements—Pamela Rooney’s haunting vocals, Sarah FitzGerald’s shimmering guitar work and Nathanael Merrill’s gigantic drums—but the album’s 12 tracks contain several surprises from the band mostly known for its shoegaze roots.

Songs range from spare ballads to bombastic, angry rockers—with a healthy dose of catchy, pretty pop songs in between.



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Clocking in at nearly one full hour, the 12 atmospheric rock tracks on Charmparticles’ first full-length record are as much of air as they are of the earth. Bookended by somber ballads, the songs that form the meat of the record range from peppy pop to nostalgic and plaintive mid-tempo moody rock to all-out growling riff-fests. Though the band has undergone a bit of a line-up change (losing one guitarist to the allure of California), the Portland, Oregon three-piece has emerged with a record that is a rousing statement to their unwavering commitment to their music, and showcases how well they’ve adapted to their new situation. When they started out, most comparisons they garnered were to the influences of their young rock lives, the shoegaze bands of Britain in the late 80s and early 90s. Their sound is now a bit removed from that, but there’s still plenty of reverb and delay for everyone. Belted melodies, washy guitar, pointed drums. They’re on it.

Jay Humphrey

I like it
I heard "AO" from the band's previous album Sit Down For Staying, listening to Indie Pop Rocks on SomaFM, and had to have it. I like this new album as well. Compared to Sit Down, it's more polished, they've evolved of course. I hope Charmparticles continues making music for a long time.