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Like most other great Canadian independent acts that have reached the same fate (think: Inbreds, Zumpano, Thrush Hermit, Super Friendz, Rheostatics), Transistor Sound & Lighting Co. were instantly forgotten by pretty much everyone except the lucky few who had picked up their album.

What Transistor Sound & Lighting Co. had done with their debut full length was the perfecting of their Canadian lo-fi indie rock/pop sound, combining miniscule elements of bands like Archers of Loaf, Pavement and Guided By Voices with a unique and varied lo-fi (yet remarkably clear and detailed) production to create a sound that was all their own, extrapolating it over 16 tracks of the best indie rock this country never heard.

For now, the sad state of affairs doesn't mean our great albums need to be ignored or passed over. So while the album may be out of print and extremely difficult to find, if you happen to come across it in some used record store or (even rarer, though perhaps not in larger Canadian centres where big chains may still have copies left over from when people didn't buy it the first time around) just laying around new in an HMV (good luck), don't pass it up. Search the internet for it, even. Buy it. Love it. Tell some friends. Get your pal in Vancouver or Toronto to check out the local used places (for instance, Sonic Boom in Toronto regularly has copies for dirt cheap). Let the artists know we appreciate albums as fantastic as this even if no one else will. If you're rich, take some money from your wiping pile and re-release the thing for wonderful people like us. For sure it's a difficult album to find these days, but like all great things, it's well worth the trouble.

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