Slint - Spiderland LP
Spiderland was recorded in late 1990 at Chicago’s River North Records. Largely overlooked at the time of its release, the album has since come to be known as one of the most influential records of the 1990s. The loud-quiet-loud dynamics, frequent time changes, vocals ranging from softly spoken to harshly shouted, and overall gloomy vibe all became hallmarks of the math-rock, post-rock and indie-rock genres.
Slint broke up before the album was released by Chicago’s Tough & Go Records in 1991, but their legacy has lived on in the many bands they influenced, including Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Sunny Day Real Estate, Explosions In The Sky, as well as the countless other bands the members of Slint later played in, like Tortoise, The For Carnation, Interpol, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and various projects of Will Oldham, aka Bonnie Prince Billy.
Fun side note: the album’s cover art was photographed by a teenaged Will Oldham.