Author: Lord Audiopile
Originally released on VHF as a CD at the end of 1994, this was the second FSA album, compiling 5 tracks from impossible to get 7″ with 20 mins of previously unreleased (and good) material. Similar in blend to the band’s first LP (also newly issued in the USA on deluxe vinyl), the songs hang together as a collection that improves on the individual singles. The two proper singles that make up half of Distance – “Soaring High”/”Standing Stone” and “Crystal Shade”/”Distance” were instant collectables upon their release, so Distance was compiled to make the songs permanent available. “Soaring High” and “Crystal Shade” are jagged bits of fuzzed-out pop genius; tracks like the mutant concrete “techno” of “Distance” and the two lengthy glissando workouts on “Oceans” and “Oceans II” offset the more conventional tunes, upping the overall impact when enjoyed as an LP.