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In late 2008, the drone/shoegaze act Belong released something called Same Places, which contained but one sprawling fifteen minute adventure named “Same Places (Slow Version)” on label Table of the Elements (#CU 96). Being only one song, there’s only so much to say about it. Pressed in a one-time run of 2000 copies, this is a super rare and valuable release.

It sounds fantastic; just like something you’d expect from one of the best noisey-drone acts that I’ve unraveled so far in my quest to discover more fabulous music. It’s not as overwhelming (I use that term very lightly) as Belong’s first work October Language, but “Same Places” does capture what the act means to me: being drowned out, washed away, disappearing for a time, listening to something that forces my undivided attention. Unfortunately, I cannot upload this to Youtube because it does not allow >10 minute videos.

Since this was limited to 2000 copies, you’d be hardpressed to find a physical copy of this, but I strongly recommend picking up October Language at Carpark Records ($11 USD). This record is like having sand being blasted at you at a million miles an hour – slowly erasing features but building new ones in its process. It is without a doubt one of the best albums I have ever heard and one I am proud of owning physically. This upcoming clip is October Language‘s title track:

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