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Submarine Bells (2020)

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The Chills’ second album from 1990 is their much-praised major-label debut that includes the effervescent, euphoric opener ‘Heavenly Pop Hit’. Back on vinyl for the first time in three decades, this much sought-after LP has finally been reissued on Fire Records - a super sweet moment of ear candy, perfect for rediscovery. Submarine Bells had folk-like rounds, brusque punk swagger, psychedelic hues and Phillipps’ off-kilter vocal; all accent, all attitude, soft, then hard. It made for a magnificent half hour plus, too good to transcend to the airwaves, so timeless it still simmers beautifully. A rich tapestry of sound with a nod to early Teardrop Explodes and a host of indie-pop legends. There’s the nagging, incessant ‘Familiarity Breeds Contempt’ midway through, and the glorious baroque pop of the closing title track. It is music that became acclaimed as birthing the term ‘indie pop’, but it was so much more than that.

Released: November 2020
Cat: FIRELP554
Label: Fire Records

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Tracklist

A1 Heavenly Pop Hit
A2 Tied Up In Chain
A3 The Oncoming Day
A4 Part Past Part Fiction
A5 Singing In My Sleep
A6 I Soar
B1 Dead Web
B2 Familiarity Breeds Contempt
B3 Don't Be - Memory
B4 Effloresce And Deliquesce
B5 Sweet Times
B6 Submarine Bells