The 1990s, especially the earlier part of the decade, really was a time where new genres rose up and many others twisted and became something either new or more refined. Finishing off the 1990s, at least for this cut of the list, I have a nice bit of shoegaze from the mid-to-late 1990s. It’s one of those albums that shows that, even as I close out the list, there are still so many more artists unknown to me that can bring some great music.
It is interesting that this was released in the same year as OK Computer. Both are albums that are highly electronic, have rock elements, contain many elements that are derived from ambient music – yet they are completely different moods. Where OK Computer is on the down, Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space very much feels like an album that is veering on optimism.
This is also the first shoegaze album where, thanks to the addition of a Hammond organ, I am able to finally see how this genre’s reach goes back to the sixties and the emergence of space rock. Like this is a band that identifies as space rock, but they really have their moments of paying homage to those roots.
Even though it likes to reference the musical roots, there is nothing dated about this album. Maybe because nowadays it is getting harder and harder to pin down a musical era as so many artists choose to throwback (like 2020 with disco) and genres keep expanding – but this album could have been made fairly recently rather than nearly 25 years ago… I hate maths and the awareness of just how much older I am getting.