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When I See The Sun (Demos & Live Cuts)

by Codeine

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From 1990 to 1994, New York City’s Codeine were making somnambulant waves on a musical landscape reeling from Sub Pop’s better known exports. The label’s first and most significant foray out of what had become the signature Sub Pop sound, Codeine were an anomaly among their loud “lo-fi” and super-compressed alt-rock peers, preferring an understated, elegant, and above all beautiful approach that recalled the slowness of opiate drug states. Codeine’s glacial tempos were never an end in themselves. Rather, the lethargic pace reflected a deliberate and meticulous approach to songcraft—an emphasis on restraint and space which amounted to a punk provocation and an entirely different path toward catharsis than the prevailing scream therapies of the day. 1991’s Frigid Stars LP, 1992’s Barely Real, and 1994’s The White Birch received much critical praise upon release, but Codeine dissolved before any of the hype carried over into the so-called “slow core” movement.

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released June 19, 2012

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Codeine New York, New York

Formed in New York in 1989 by Stephen Immerwahr, Chris Brokaw, and John Engle, Codeine created some of, if not the most, bluntly melancholy music of the 90’s. Relying on wistfully weighty slow-core tempos and fuzzy, distorted noise, Codeine was born out of the music-incubated Oberlin College before relocating and playing their first shows in gritty bars and venues on the east coast. ... more

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