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Adventures in Stereo


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Adventures In Stereo were a band set up by one-time Primal Scream member Jim Beattie and singer Judith Boyle on the breakup, at the end of 1991, of their previous short-lived 4AD band Spirea X. They released records on the Glaswegian label Creeping Bent and the German label Marina (which appears to exist solely as a platform for obscurities from the Scottish indie scene!)

The band developed the Spirea X sound by adding a heavy dose of sample loops to the jangly guitar/laconic vocals template, creating a sound similar to the likes of Stereolab and Broadcast. The music could be described as attempt to update the 60s girl group sounds/Beach Boys with the sampling technology infecting most pop music of the mid 90s.

Adventures in Stereo won admirers on the indie scene at the time by keeping all their tracks well below the critical three-minute mark. Most clocked in at under two minutes, and When We Go Back (a quintessential piece of Adventurism) comes in at a pop-tastic one minute and five seconds.


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