We are very happy to announce that we've released Close Encounter's debut album, First Light. Self-produced, DIY made, it's making ripples through the online shoegaze community and in independent radio worldwide.
"an expansive record where every glistening note reverberates and dissolves into the cosmos"
- Dusty Henry, KEXP
Light the candles, abduct yourself, hangout with these chill aliens for a bit. You can take a listen to the whole album here:
“beautiful and whimsically intelligent“
- Primal Music Blog
Close Encounter's debut 7-song release is available for sale through Look Up Records here:
We were surprised to coincidentally find a blog with the same name as our top-played track off the album! FadeAwayRadiate.com made it their blog anthem, and calls the song "scintillating haze and sophisticated radiance." Here's what others are saying about First Light:
"the darker side of shoegaze ... a fantastic album"
- Killing Sasquatch
"a soundscape of dreamy hazey pop that is catchy and gorgeous"
Producer, (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Yo La Tengo, Happyness, Helium)
"a super chill listen—Top to bottom the dreamy pop sound was beautifully comforting."
Owner/Musician, Crybaby Studios
"I like it! Dream pop with slowed tempos and deep grooves."
Engineer, (Craft Spells, So Pitted)
"A transportive album, guiding you on a journey through a lush emotive soundscape between summer nostalgia and a feeling of first love."
-John Freeman, Occupy Space - Seattle
Next up for Close Encounter is a sophomore album, to be released in March 2018. Stay tuned for updates, and sign up for our newsletter!