Galaxie 500: Today/On Fire/This is Our Music (4 stars)

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Galaxie 500: Today/On Fire/This is Our Music

(Domino)

Between 1987 and 1991, the Harvard Uni-formed slowcore band released three albums which caught the indie mood of the times but have somehow, pleasingly, weathered the ravages of time. Awash with bonus tracks, the reissue of Today, On Fire and This is Our Music shows a group which matured with each passing release, giving clues to the direction of future projects such as Luna and Damon & Naomi. The ethereal, jaggedy guitar, fragile, haunting vocals and layered instrumental walls of sound are the motifs which run a thread through Galaxie 500 and helped influence a raft of bands happier staring at their shoes than staring out at the audience.

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