Th' Faith Healers - Imaginary Friend, 1993 (320kbps CBR)
This band belongs to a rather strange and specific scene of the early-to-mid-90s. The overlapping sound could either be defined as shoegaze, early post-rock or even noise pop, depending on the listener. Their 1992 debut was a noisy, grunge-y love letter to Krautrock, making them kind of the guitar-centric, keyboard-less counterpart to early Stereolab. Their sophomore album finds them similarly mixing the noise pop guitar approach of the late 80s and early 90s to great success, while essaying some timbric variety and a stronger focus on melody rather than texture. Melodies are more inviting and poppy, in contrast with their comparatively raw and aggressive debut. Still, it's as dense as their debut (especially considering the closer, a half-hour long, hypnotic, repetitive guitar monolith that once again harks to bands like Can and Guru Guru), and perhaps presents more dynamic contrast, as the quiet-loud-quiet formula fo their debut, which made them at least partially resemble american contemporaries, is further developed in some songs, creating a sense of escalating tension and satisfactory release.
So, all in all it's a direct continuation from their debut, only it shows more restraint and control, which is the result of a band being more comfortable with itself. Sadly that wouldn't stop the band from splitting before any major change in sound could occur. We do have Quickspace as consolation, which takes the TFH sound into a more post-rock, less shoegaze-ish context.
Also Roxanne Stephen was a qt3.14