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Boomkat Product Review:
I never cease to get 'the fear' when I see a 3cd boxset - it's just so much music, there's almost no way the momentum can be kept up for that long is there? Well this bumper collection from Bristol based collective Amp has confounded my meagre expectations. The group, led by Richard Amp and his singing accomplice Karine Charff have been busying themselves making gorgeous widescreen dronerock for fifteen years now taking in absolutely loads of collaborators under their large, welcoming wings including the effervescent Dave Pearce of Flying Saucer Attack and Matt Elliott (Third Eye Foundation) and Robert Hampson (Main) to name but three. The music itself is collected from their entire career, hoovering up B-sides, compilation appearances, unreleased tracks, vinyl only tracks and heaven knows what else and is plonked together to form a coherent whole. Having albums on Kranky back in their hey-day should convince you that these guys are a avant-rock force to be reckoned with, but I was quite stunned at the amount of utterly beautiful music on offer here - music that is sat somewhere between 'Loveless' era My Bloody Valentine and Flying Saucer Attack. Fuzzed-out electric guitars form a mid-range cloud of hum while wordless vocals echo out like curls of blue smoke - it is entrancing and almost calming, launching a quiet intensity which is impossible to ignore. I haven't been very familiar with Amp's earlier output but on the strength of this simply stunning compilation I think I need to remedy that immediately. This is just perfectly formed drone rock music, with leanings towards so many other fractured genres it would be impossible to list them all - let me just say that there are covers of the Silver Apples and Spacemen 3 included for good measure, and that might give you some idea of what to expect. Gorgeous.