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Surfing The Stratosphere

Surfing The Stratosphere

Playing tracks by

Jesu, Curve, David Bowie, My Bloody Valentine, Bowery Electric and more.

As corny as it sounds, I've always loved cloud watching. Big groups of puffy cumulus floating gently along. Shoals of razor thin cirrus soaring. Towering cumulonimbus blocks pouring forward, bringing the rain with them. There's quite a palette of formations to be seen and the right music gets me up there with them. "Surfing The Stratosphere" was birthed while walking across the Brooklyn Bridge on one of our first real days of spring. The sky was bright and full of fast moving clouds. I was plugged in and Jesu's "Farewell" completely clicked with the scene. The rest is right here. There's blissful shoegazing (Jesu, Curve, MBV), glittering ambient (Austere, HPOT... Moby?), beat driven drone (BE, Sinewave), and simply towering and destructive rock (Godflesh). And the final track, while seemingly out of place, reminds me of watching the red skies of dusk over the Wolf Rocks in Middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania, some 30 years ago. Call it a quirk, but for me it fits.