Thursday, July 4, 2013

Hum - Downward Is Heavenward (1998)


One of the most underrated alt-rock albums of the 90s. Sounds like a stoned Helmet-Sunny Day Real Estate collaboration. Beautiful, hazy, heavy, and passionate. Their previous album featured their one and only hit, "Stars," and Downward Is Heavenward was, I'd imagine, an attempt to capitalize on its unexpected success. Unfortunately, as it turned out, their sound had very little mainstream appeal, the album was a commercial flop, and they broke up shortly after its release.

Track listing:
1. Isle of the Cheetah
2. Comin' Home
3. If You Are to Bloom
4. Ms. Lazarus
5. Afternoon with the Axolotls
6. Green to Me
7. Dreamboat
8. The Inuit Promise

Systems back down slow, watch the dust cloud we send
And I will keep you, I will keep you to the end
Set your head back low, watch my ears ring
I will take care of you, I will take care of everything

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