Friday, 4 September 2015

Tacoma Radar


They were the Scottish Galaxie 500: songs like unsolved puzzles played precisely with a distinct mood.

There were just 2 singles in 2000-2001 and then a wait - Tacoma Radar were never in much of a hurry - until 2004 for the No One Waved Goodbye album.

Songs like Falling Dead Stars and Who's Gonna Hold The Line capture the outsider's alienation and mystique. Vocals are half-whispered, murmured guitars rise into loud surges before burrowing home again.

Maybe if they were American they'd have been part of the slowcore scene and there'd be a deluxe reissue. What was it they said? Loneliness Comes Without A Sound.

Tacoma Radar had a low profile. They were on Andmoresound, who didn't put a foot wrong. Labelmates Camera Obscura's first two singles were (wrongly) either ignored or dismissed as a band for Belle and Sebastian fans who thought Belle and Sebastian weren't indie enough any more.

Mac Meda's cut'n'paste sonic adventures over 2 singles got a bit more attention. Rightly so, because they were ace. Andmoresound was quite a label. Nothing fitted together - there was no label sound, just a mark of high quality. I wish they'd found more bands.

If you haven't found Tacoma Radar before, you're in for a treat. No One Waved Goodbye is a lost classic.

3 comments:

  1. Agreed! The album is a gem! I wish I had more Tacoma Radar to listen to!

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  2. First of all, congratulations for owning this on vinyl. I have to ask; where did you find it?
    Also, I want to upload this version to discogs. Would you mind telling me which songs are on which sides of the LP? Thanks!

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    1. The track listing is the same order as the CD - the first song on side 2 is Left Unsaid. I bought it when it came out, I think from Selectadisc on Berwick St, but possibly Rough Trade in Notting HIll.

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