NYACK (Buy CDs by this artist)
11 Track Player (UK Echo) 1995
Saints & Razors (KokoPop) 1993
As Aenone, Craig Sterns (vocals/guitar) and Kim Collister (guitar) childhood pals from suburban Nyack, New York played exquisite storm-pop. The quartet's four-song EP is a translucent curtain of woolly distortion against which Sterns sings gently flowing melodies in a wispy high register that belies the skill of his technique and the quality of his voice. The brisk and breathtaking "Saints & Razors" is the catchiest song My Bloody Valentine neglected to write; Aenone attenuates the sonic attack on "Gaze" without undercutting its shapely appeal. The record's only bum note is sounded literally on the out-of-tune "Celestia."
Two years on, Sterns, Collister and Aenone bassist Bill Stair resurfaced in London as three-fourths of Nyack, a neat Teenage Fanclub-meets-the Jesus and Mary Chain electric pop band still noise-friendly but lighter in atmosphere and standing less heavily on their distortion pedals. Sterns' voice doesn't have quite the same allure on 11 Track Player (which sports a red and green variation on the cover of Zipgun's 1992 album, 8 Track Player), but the delicate consistency of his distinctive tunes some of them ("I'm Your Star," "Sunrise in My Head" and "Knumb," formerly "Numb") retrieved from the Aenone repertoire, if not the EP carries the album, which on enhanced CD contains a nifty Nyack video scrapbook.
The group resurfaced in 1997 as Fork.[Ira Robbins]
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