Casseus Nebula is a bedroom musician who recently released For a Limited Time Only!. Within about thirty seconds I knew I was in for certified shoegaze. Luckily, I love this genre and grew up on My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive. The album is lo-fi. Perhaps a little too lo-fi but I still was able to enjoy the songs.
He opens with “Fade Into Us” which is perhaps the song that sounds most like classic ’90s shoegaze. The guitars are warm and fuzzy while his vocals are covered in reverb, low in the mix and create that juxtaposition what most fans of the genre enjoy.
Also like almost all shoegaze I could barely understand an actual word. Luckily, he posted the lyrics which are existential and broad meeting somewhere between poetry and what you might hear from Carl Sagan. He sings “Fade into us We're all the dust you see We were born in love.”
The next song ‘Oyster’ is a unique mix of genres. I was actually reminded a bit of Mac Demarco on this track. Good stuff. His hushed vocals sound great with what sounds like John Frusciante inspired lead guitar.
Up next is the instrumental piece “Sold” which puts the white noise aside in favor of clean guitar and crystal bells. The track is quite soothing. Almost a little new age sounding.
Nebula goes back into shoegaze territory with “Don't Listen To Me” where the lyrics deal with more human affairs. He sings “Don't listen to me when I say / I don't have a heart to break / Those claims we make just to save face / Are a mistake.”
He closes with perhaps the highlight entitled “The Daggers of Drudgery.” It moves at a slow pace and is filled with melancholy. His guitar work is top notch on this track. For a Limited Time Only! Is far from perfect but is a worthy shoegaze album any fan of the genre should enjoy.
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