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Sweep the Desert

  • 1. Then Poland
    2. Full Moon in My Pocket
    3. Blam!!
    4. Full Moon (Reprise) - (Reprise)
    5. Big Maz in the Desert
    6. Big Empty Field (No. 2)
    7. Don't Throw Ashtrays at Me
    8. Midget Submarines
    9. Bridge Head (Pt. 9)
    10. Never to See Any Other Way
    11. Doomette
    12. Collision with a Frogman vs. The Mangrove Delta
    13. Fashion Cult
    14. Big Maz in the Country
    15. Cave Mines
    16. Avalanche
    17. Big Empty Field
    18. Raining Room
    19. Graveyard Shift, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 41

  • Credits

    Compilation producers: Richard Earl, Jowe Head, Nikki Sudden.
    With only 50 gigs under their belt, and a handful of recordings, the U.K.'s Swell Maps were neither prolific nor enduring, but their noisy, shambling, and often exuberant song-bursts set a standard for lo-fi experimentation that inspired other bands for decades after. This 2002 compilation (re-released in 2006) gathers some rarities and unreleased tracks that lean toward instrumental skronk. Thudding, bass-heavy tracks like "Avalanche" and the skittering rhythms and atmospheric guitars of "Big Empty Field" (parts one and two) suggest equal measures ennui and invention. Amidst the beautiful noise, "Midget Submarines" stands out as one of the few vocal tracks; strident drums and an insistent buzz-saw guitar riff announce the punkier side of the band, but the vocals are an anemic, world-weary sneer that perfectly encapsulates the post-punk Zeitgeist and attitude.

  • Critic Reviews
    CMJ (4/9/01, p.13) - "...Unearths 19 outtakes fromthe band's all-yoo-brief reign, leaning heavily towards shambling, hypnotic instrumentals and lively noise-and-rhythm pranks..."
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