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Duster releases Remote Echoes


Duster’s most recent release Remote Echoes compiles unreleased  Stratosphere-era tracks, revealing new aspects to the band’s most popular album. The release of Together marked the band’s comeback in 2022. Mounting popularity on social media and in the underground music scene inspired Duster to reunite and sparked their Spring 2023 tour, marking the band’s long awaited second coming.

The album gives insight into the band’s history that fans haven’t seen before. Opening track “Before The Veil” calls back to the unmistakable fuzzy slowcore charm that Duster is known for. What gives them this signature dazed sound is their heavy use of pedals and distortion. Similar to another genre made popular in the late 80s in the UK, shoegaze, slowcore bands built dissonant sounds by using guitar pedals in a way they had never been used before. The genre’s name came from critics saying that band members ‘only looked at their shoes’ during a set; wavering with the dreary waves of “My Bloody Valentine,” “Slowdive,” and “Cocteau Twins.” As shoegaze picked up speed with lonely college students in smoky venues around the UK, Duster was just getting started between Clay Parton and Canaan Dove Amber. Both with a penchant for experimentation in their music and a lure toward all things relating to space, the duo put out their first EP, Transmission, Flux.

Between CDs passed among friends or a cassette tape played in a car with fogged windows during gray Februarys, Duster slowly weaved their way into the slowcore scene and became a staple for 90s loners spending every Friday night in their parents basement with a record player and an enamoration with the world of music. Bringing back the soft muted drums and reverb soaked strings that have become synonymous with Slowcore, “Remote Echoes” gives us a throwback to all those basements and the sound in their walls.

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Abbott Lackey, Layout Editor
Class of 2025 Time on staff: 2 years Favorite newspaper memory: My first Friday October stay late when our advisor brought us hotdogs from the home football game. Favorite song: Moby Octopad by Yo La Tengo

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