Sugar Plant – After After Hours

June 24, 2008

Sugar Plant

After After Hours (World Domination 1997)

http://www.mediafire.com/?xmh0hxz1znl

Probably the only worthwhile band to record for the otherwise mediocre World Domination label run by Gang of Four bassist Dave Allen. The label suffered the same fate as many other 90s indie rock labels as it put out such forgettable schlock as Low Pop Suicide, Loop Guru, Sky Cries Mary and Perfume Tree. The label is now defunct, so its releases can only be found via ebay or a local used bin. However, Sugar Plant, a Japanese duo of Shinichi Ogawa and Chinatsi Shoyama, didn’t deserve this obscure fate.

If psychedelia could be my nightly lullaby, I would choose After After Hours to be in daily rotation as it may be one of the most soothing albums in my collection. It’s not soothing in the way I usually desire–a long, undulating drone that beats my consciousness into submission, but a gently jangling tune with two honeyed voices singing me off to la-la land. There is nothing here that hasn’t been explored on the Velvet Underground’s third album, Galaxie 500’s On Fire or countless cutesy-poo indie-pop ballads, but Sugar Plant’s take on the genre is slow, sensual and high as a kite. There is even a song which revolves around the idea that a pale. blue light is their friend as they seem to come down from whatever high they’ve pursued. Shoyama’s guitar work is highly underrated in the 90s indie-rock canon and I wonder why more folks never gave them the time of day. They are still around and reforming for a new album and tour this year, so let’s address their tragic anonymity and make them feel a bit more welcome this time around.

4 Responses to “Sugar Plant – After After Hours”

  1. jess Says:

    wow! thanks.
    been searching for this since forever.
    any chance of posting more from them?

  2. vespatron Says:

    i used to liste to this after comin home from clubbing when living in london, 96-2000. a great, great record. a perfect record for when you just cant take listening to any more music. after-gig, after-sleep, after hours.
    it’s a shame they are so obscure on the net, too.
    try google them, there’s nothing there!
    love, tom

  3. vespatron Says:

    i used to listen to this after comin home from clubbing when living in london, 96-2000. a great, great record. a perfect record for when you just cant take listening to any more music. after-gig, after-sleep, after hours.
    it’s a shame they are so obscure on the net, too.
    try google them, there’s nothing there!
    love, tom

  4. xbabyshakesx Says:

    thanks for posting this! i feel with Sugar Plant’s Raise most gorgeous song ever!

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