Album #243: The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa – Susurrate

  • Released: 1992
  • Origin: Prague, Czech Republic
  • Label: Reflex
  • Best Track: Icecream Star

Czech shoegaze is a thing, apparently, and perhaps the biggest name from it is/was The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa. I’ve never heard of them before, but I read that they did mostly electronic music after all their instruments were stolen in 1994. Before that, they specialised in feedback-drenched shoegaze, as is the case with this debut album.

Susurrate is a pretty good listen if you’re into this kind of thing. Instantly it reminds me of My Bloody Valentine, but their Isn’t Anything era rather than Loveless. The guitars are choppy and sometimes thrashy, while the vocals are vague and often out of key, like on opener ‘Pistacchio Places’.

Other highlights include ‘To Alison’ (wonder if it was the same Alison Slowdive wrote about a year earlier, and the awesome, driving ‘Icecream Star’

An obscure listen, but an enjoyable one.

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