Voyager One – Monster Zero

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Artist:Voyager One
Genre:Indie Rock (Shoegaze, Psych)
Title:Monster Zero
Released:2002
Label:Loveless Records
Format:CD
Musicians:Jeramy Koepping-guitars, keys,bass,vocals,loops,samples, Peter Marchese-vocals,guitars,bass,drums,keys, Dayna Loeffler-bass, keys,guitar,vocals, Matthew Campbell-trumpet, Tony Zuniga-drums. additional musicians: Ian Parks-pedal steel, Phil Petersen-cello,trumpet
Producer:Voyager One
Engineer:Jeramy Koepping
Mastering Engineer: Mell Dettmer

Voyager One was an American indie rock band from Seattle, Washington formed in 1998. The band’s musical style is shoegazing music played by Ride and Catherine Wheel. Yes, it is past-tense as they disbanded in 2011.

1) Out In The Marketplace – This is conversation over music and ironically it sounds to be sociological in nature and about marketing.
2) Wires – This has a kind of electronic/aboriginal sound flavor. The vocals aren’t that good, but work for this song. The chorus interestingly enough, is instrumental and is a sonic wall of sound.
3) Gun – This song starts out with a great bass line that goes throughout. Also note the airy keyboard vocal samples in the background. This is one of my favorites on the album.
4) Snow Angel Summer – I don’t know what to call this one, so it must be art. The drums are very thin and done on purpose that way I imagine. I don’t know why though. Not one of my favorite tracks.
5) Out and Over – This is less than 2 minutes in length. I call this the psychedelic cellos song, it’s actually not bad.
6) Ready Reset – You can plainly hear the Catherine Wheel influence in this great psychedelic/post rock song. Not that well produced, but still my favorite track on the album
7) Monster Zero – Obviously the title track. Again, this is not that well produced, mostly instrumental and not a particular favorite of mine.
8) Three Pair – This song starts off kind of poorly and then gets a little better, but still not that good. I really don’t know what else to say about it.
9) Bedbugs and Ballyhoo – If you are thinking Echo and the Bunnymen, you are correct, this is a cover of that song. I’ll say this, it is different. It’s slowed down and real noisy and dark and it is not my favorite version. I like the original far better.
10) Praise the Lowered – This is just an annoying instrumental
11) Tokyoidaho – This is the longest song on the album at 8 minutes. It’s a psychedelic spacey instrumental, but not well produced.

MUSIC:5_Star_Rating_System_3_and_a_half_stars
SOUND: 5_Star_Rating_System_3_and_a_half_stars

Ready Reset https://youtu.be/OvfAiJ42dfw

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