Pavement - Slanted And Enchanted (1992)
This was one of the last vinyls I bought just before moving to a small dorm-like room in the centre of Oslo with little space for a record player and a decent vinyl collection. Subsequently, it became the first album I re-bought on CD to play on my new micro system in the tiny room (which seriously had barely enough floor space for a bed). Needless to say, the beautiful stripped-down lo-fi energy of Pavement’s debut, making the most of limited resources by applying ambitious creativity, was the perfect companion to those student years. I managed to catch the band opening for Sonic Youth at the Alaska club in Oslo in October the same year and it was one of those shows where you could tell that everyone involved were having a really good time. To me, Slanted And Enchanted is one of those classics that makes it hard to remember a time when it did not exist. Favourite tracks: Trigger Cut, In The Mouth A Desert.
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