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Slint’s 1991 album, ‘Spiderland’ has been remastered from the original analogue master tapes by Bob Weston, including a download code to download fourteen previously unreleased outtakes and demos, personally selected by Slint. It’s perhaps the most influential album of its era, despite being largely ignored when it was released, going on to set the mould for post and math rock, but also to influence an unfathomable volume of bands in its wake, with its unique take on angular, dynamic production and the perfection of a quiet-loud aesthetic that has loomed large over so much of the scene in the now almost 30 years since its release.
With an impact that belies the Kentucky combo's mayfly like existence, Slint set about cherry picking elements from Punk, New Wave and classic Rock then reassembled them so as traditional notions of pitch, rhythm and timbre no longer applied in quite the same. Predicting the Post Rock of Tortoise by almost half a decade, the likes of 'Nosferatu Man' and 'Don, Aman' demonstrate how heavily the likes of Mogwai and godspeed you black emperor! are indebted to their sound. Including the classic heartbreak squall of 'Good Morning, Captain' - there's never been a better time to investigate Slint and play dot-to-dot through the post-rock elements of your record collection.