Rolling Stone - 8/24/95, p.1023 Stars
- Good - "...very English, reclaiming that juncture in the late '60s early '70s when Pink Floyd and a host of lesser bands gleefully pushed music to its limits....music that is often hypnotic and bewildering, humble yet not of this world..."
Alternative Press - 8/95, p.85
"...some of the sparsest, most emotional music you have ever wanted to astral project to. Home tape hiss weds lush swirling melodies and unearthly sonic textures, with an acknowledgment of the European prog-rock scene apparent. FURTHER is the 20th-century analogue to erotic sirens leading armadas to crash upon the rocks into watery graves..."
Option - 9-10/95, p.109
"...FSA doesn't write songs so much as sculpt instrumental haze. The resulting mirage runs through a meandering path of low-key static, calm vocals, shrill drones and plucked acoustic guitar..."
Flying Saucer Attack includes: Dave Pearce, Rachel Brook.
Additional personnel: Matt (acoustic guitar).
Principally recorded in late 1994.
Recording information: Acoustic Jon's (1994); Feedback Studios (1994).
FURTHER, the second proper album from Bristol's Flying Saucer Attack collective, evidences an extraordinary level of artistic growth. FSA holds fast to its credo ("home taping is reinventing music") but strips away nearly all of the lo-fi fuzz and tape-hiss. David Pearce compensates with sparkling pastoral pick-work and artful shades of muted feedback. As FSA's clouds of distortion dissipate, the shy, sweet vocals he once obscured are finally revealed, as painfully intimate and vulnerable as cult-folk icon Nick Drake's introverted whisper.
The cold and foggy drizzle of "Rainstorm Blues" sets a mood of rain-streaked blues and grays. "In the Light of Time" throws down shafts of autumnal light, carving out a painfully intimate space within the album's comfortable shadows. This idyllic, acoustic aura holds throughout, bathed in occasional cascades of tempered guitar noise ("For Silence") or illuminated from within by Rachel Brook's faraway purr ("Still Point"). The turbulence hinted at by FURTHER's unsettled atmospherics finally manifests itself in "To the Shore," an onrushing tide of chromatic radiance swept along on a bed of flitting percussion. "She Is the Daylight" follows this climactic unburdening, closing the album on a contemplative note suffused with a rosy, optimistic glow.