Spectrum is the post-Spacemen 3 project by space rock mastermind Jason "Sonic Boom" Kember. Stripping out even his previous band's tenuous connections to familiar alternative rock tropes via the Velvet Underground and krautrock, Spectrum explores the place at which rock & roll breaks down into amorphous sheets of sound. Even moderately familiar covers like Beat Happening's "Indian Summer," Daniel Johnston's "True Love Will Find You In the End," and Jan & Dean's "California Lullaby" are distended into narcotic, shimmering drones. This 12-track anthology focuses primarily on Spectrum's rare and limited edition single and EP releases rather than the group's handful of full-length LPs.
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