With a new album now the final copies of this album are being made available at a low price. One of the greatest indie albums ever made. Marries Phil Spector's 60s girl group sound to that of 80s indiepop, but it's the awesome quality of the songwriting that is most important. Buy this!
The Aislers Set occupy an enviable place in the pop pantheon. Brimming with drunken romanticism, sharp pop sensibilities and timeless melodies, The Aislers reveled in the history of great POP, spiking their classicist 60s-tinged tunes with pure post-punk energy and originality of bands like the Fire Engines and The June Brides.
Every song is a meticulously constructed sound world, where the arrangement and instrumentation sublimely, uncannily bring each tune to completeness. The Last Match expanded the band's sound into more orchestral areas. While the songs are still driving and catchy as a fish hook, the arrangements are far more sophisticated.
The instrumentation has been augmented by Jen's vintage keyboards/organs and various horns, giving the tunes the timeless feel of classic groups like the early Bee Gees, The Zombies and The Millennium. Still preferring to record in the garage where they are allowed unlimited time for experimentation, the band had no problem crafting an amazing sounding album that could have sprung fully-formed from the hallowed studios of Gold Star. This is no murky lo-fi production, but a fully-rounded and rich-sounding recording with a warm, analog sound.
The Last Match was a roaring success, garnering fantastic reviews and spurring the band to tour the US, Japan and UK multiple times, with bands (and fans) including Belle & Sebastian, Black Dice, The Gossip, Erase Errata, Comet Gain and Sleater-Kinney. The band even achieved the ultimate badge of indie honor, recording a session for the legendary John Peel. Even more, The Last Match established The Aislers Set as one of the most beloved indiepop bands of their generation.
It was a must-listen album, one that fueled fond memories, sparked love affairs, set off spontaneous dance parties, and reminded us all of the power of songs and song-craft and POP. It's chiming guitars and indelible melodies were heard everywhere from London to Tokyo, from Glasgow to Malmo: The Aislers truly came into their own with The Last Match.
One of the greatest indie albums ever made. marries Phil Spector's 60s girl group sound to that of 80s indiepop, but it's the awesome quality of the songwriting that is most important.
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1. The Way To Market Station
2. Hit The Snow
3. Chicago New York
4. One Half Laughing
5. Been Hiding
6. Balloon Song
7. Lonely Side Of Town
8. Last Match
9. Christmas Song
10. The Walk
11. The Red Door
12. Fairnt Chairnt
13. We Give Up
14. Bang Bang Bang