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Relay Still Point of Turning

During the late '80s and early '90s, while the UK was awash in shoegaze feedback, there was a similar, nascent U.S. movement bubbling underground in places like Detroit and Boston. Now Philly can proudly mark an "X" on the domestic shoegazer map with Relay's second LP. Helmed by ex-Swirlies studio guy Jeff Ziegler, Relay avoids the pratfall of needless noodling, and takes a melodic, almost poppy approach to ambient rock á la Swervedriver or Dinosaur Jr. The result has a déja vu charm-you can sense the ghosts of feedback past, while we're firmly planted in the here and now.

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