Purple Ivy Shadows – Circle Psychic Baby EP
Spin Art, 1994
Acquired: Love Garden Shotgun Room, Used, 2007
Dream pop gets its name because it’s dreamy. Shimmering, sparkling, low energy but brimming with beauty. Purple Ivy Shadows make music that sounds like it’s coming from an actual dream. It has dreamy elements, but the hypnotic A-side “Psychic, Baby” sounds like something out of a weird dream. Not necessarily pretty, and actually maybe a little unsettling. It’s a strange track, especially in comparison to the B-side “Circleye” which has the shimmery, dreamy dream pop/shoegaze quality I was talking about with a little jangly guitar thrown in to date it somewhere circa 1993. 1994? Yep, 1994. That said, the songs on this 7” are quite lovely. The Providence, RI group released five albums between 1997 and 2002, which is impressive. The most fascinating aspect of this 7” for me is that it was engineered by Dave Auchenbach who eerily has produced/engineered a bunch of the 7”s in my collection (see also: Honeybunch “Count Your Blessings,” Small Factory (with whom he played guitar), the first Kind of Like Spitting record, the second Versus record). Ok, not that many, but enough to where I recognize his name and can give a silent nod of respect to his page on Discogs.
"Feeble" (from the band's 1997 album No Less the Trees Than the Stars)