Monday, September 15, 2008

Able Tasmans - Somebody Ate My Planet (1992)

This one is for Tydalwave over at the Feelin' Kinda Froggy blog, one of my favorite online destinations for out-of-print treasures. It includes its share of New Zealand gems as well: the Chills, Bailter Space, Able Tasmans. Go forth and enjoy! - Ariel

On this green-friendly album, the New Zealand rock group apply their Beach Boys and Byrds-inspired adrenaline sound to the "save the planet" concept. A beautiful album of delicate and melodic folk rock, the Flying Nun group's second decade sees planetary concerns at the forefront of their glacial guitar pop and '60s-inspired sound. Able Tasmans work with the low-tech sound similar to the Bats and the Chills, and produce sublime pop results. Some of the edge is lost in an over-production that is very stylized and dating to this early-'90s work. Nonetheless, the songs seem to transcend such aesthetic trappings.

[Martin Walters, allmusic.com]

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yea, the Able Tasmans were so fantastic and poppy. There is sth. special, that I dont understand.
I have this on CD, it's not their best, but nevertheless great & holy tracks.

J

Hank said...

Thank you so much for this latest bunch of NZ stuff! Fantastic!

Oh, by the way, in case anyone who's into this kind of thing doesn't know about it, www.thebigcity.co.nz has a good, comprehensive listing of NZ bands, past and present, with discographies.

hdvns said...

Nice site. Just discovered you through the fuzzy and will add you to my links!
Cheers!

Tydalwave said...

T.H.A.N.K.S. !!! :-)

devotionalhooligan said...

cheers for this,i'd never heard anything by Able Tasmans until i fell over the astounding 'a cuppa tea and a lie down' album here.nice one...

Anonymous said...

Wonderful band, trhanks.
Is "Store in a cool place" coming too?

Cheers

Ariel said...

Yes! Well, it should be. I'm not exactly responsible for that one...

Anonymous said...

Ariel,

I love your site! So many treasures! Is there a chance of seeing the Able Tasmans" Hey Spinner" release up some time ? I just stumbled across two of their releases and can't find any others anywhere! Any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks so much. Happy holidays from the US.

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Ariel,

Brilliant site and great to find some long lost favourites. The Chills box is superb. Can I echo the previous comment about whether Able Tasmans "Hey Spinner" can be posted, as it's one I've been after for a long time.

Best wishes from Scotland.

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