Sciflyer – The Age of Lovely, Intimate Things

The Age of Lovely, Intimate Things

For a shoegazer fan, Sciflyer’s newest LP, The Age of Lovely, Intimate Things is pure gold, baby! Sciflyer, which sounds like a five-piece, crams a whole lot of sound into this music for only being a threesome.

The album opens up with “The Nation,” a beautiful slow-burner that is equally as loud as it is hard to understand the vocals, which I am sure have nothing to do with an actual nation. Maybe lead singer Steve Kennedy is singing about how he’s master of his own domain. Maybe Kennedy doesn’t really want us to know the lyrics, as they aren’t listed anywhere within the packaging or on the band’s website.

But really, screw the vocals; I would like to know just how many effects pedals it takes to make a Sciflyer record. The main appeal to Sciflyer has always been Kennedy’s amazing guitar work and the band’s marvelous rhythm section. With Kim Kennedy on bass and “Harvey” on drums, the rhythm section plays like they are jamming behind Steve’s guitar work. It all sounds a bit complicated, but I am sure it isn’t, as all of this jamming seems natural. This five-song mini-LP plays out so very nicely. The hushed vocals, jangly guitars, and the sexy basslines are slick, and you would be hard pressed to find a “shoegazer” band that does it better.

The gem of this album has the be the last song, the 13-minute “Never Come Down.” This song could have easily fit on the Spacemen 3 album Perfect Prescription. This opus is a noise-psych masterpiece that has Steve Kennedy creating so much sound from all of the picking at his guitar that I would half expect him to mutilate his guitar a la Pete Townshend as soon as the last note was played.

With The Age of Lovely, Intimate Things, Sciflyer moves far ahead of the bands that try to create the perfect balance between noise and dreampop.