Duster (2) ‎– Contemporary Movement

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Get The Dutch 4:44
Operations 3:28
Diamond 3:24
Me And The Birds 1:32
Travelogue 4:33
The Phantom Facing Me 2:53
Cooking 4:34
Unrecovery 3:31
The Breakup Suite 3:20
Everything You See (Is Your Own) 2:37
Now It's Coming Back 2:41
Auto-Mobile 2:06

Versions (6)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
UP 091 Duster (2) Contemporary Movement(LP, Album) Up Records (5) UP 091 US 2000 Sell This Version
UP091 Duster (2) Contemporary Movement(CD, Album, Dig) Up Records (5) UP091 US 2000 Sell This Version
UP091 Duster (2) Contemporary Movement(CD, Album, Promo, Not) Up Records (5) UP091 US 2000 Sell This Version
UP091 Duster (2) Contemporary Movement(CD, Promo, Adv) Up Records (5) UP091 US 2000 Sell This Version
NUM1287 Duster (2) Contemporary Movement(LP, Album, Ltd, RE) Numero Group NUM1287 US 2019 Sell This Version
NUM1287 Duster (2) Contemporary Movement(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Ora) Numero Group NUM1287 US 2019 Sell This Version

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Euphonics

Euphonics

January 28, 2020
referencing Contemporary Movement, LP, Album, UP 091
Duster is so definitively '90s that it feels strange that this album actually arrived in the first summer of the new millennium. It's another shot of depressing, stare-at-the-floor vocals, detuned guitars, and simplistic, stripped-down percussion. It's actually amazing that this album came from San José and not Seattle. But at any rate, you're probably wondering why it's any good, because that description certainly doesn't make it sound very exciting.

To that I'd say it has more to do with the emotional quality than the music itself. You probably have to understand where grunge and shoegaze came from in order to appreciate this stuff. After the comet of Nirvana burned out, the only rock records from this era that are worth a spit usually came from teeny little boutique labels like Up Records. They were the only ones willing to publish things like this. Rock and roll had already eaten itself multiple times by this point, and with R&B and hip hop topping the charts, there wasn't much left for the corporate demigods to commodify. Record labels had largely turned on standard 'rock' outfits, and pointed their attention to things that were decidedly more produced (and in many cases, less enduring).

In walks a group like Duster, made up of sad boys from the suburbs who weren't interested in following trends, taking orders, or selling anything. They assembled in unheated garages and dirty basements, and made what was real to them. Finding an album like "Contemporary Movement" is like finding a coffee-stained Polaroid from these times. The picture quality is poor and it's not necessarily artful or composed, but it can wrench an emotion like few other things.
jon.torrez.3

jon.torrez.3

September 4, 2019
referencing Contemporary Movement, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Ora, NUM1287

My copy also has slight edge warp that does not affect play. No surface noise, however! Top notch mastering as always from Numero. I used to think Contemporary Movement was a bit tuneless coming after the extremely melodic Stratosphere, but it has grown to be one of my absolute favorites! Time to have a Bedhead/Duster night.
tigresenlalluvia

tigresenlalluvia

June 26, 2019
referencing Contemporary Movement, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Ora, NUM1287
Sounds great! Doesn't have any surface noise, although it was slightly warped on the edge. Can't compare it to the original but the mix is really clear and the color is top notch.
rcgw209

rcgw209

April 25, 2019
referencing Contemporary Movement, LP, Album, UP 091
I have a cover only for this record, let me know if you have a Record only you are willing to part with. Thanks
fake_blues

fake_blues

June 2, 2018
referencing Contemporary Movement, LP, Album, UP 091
Reissues 'eventually' coming on Numero Group :)

from the horses mouth
silentstdrummer

silentstdrummer

March 10, 2013
referencing Contemporary Movement, LP, Album, UP 091
One of the best albums of the last 15 years. It's two tracks away from being absolutely perfect for what it is (I'll let you guess which two are regularly skipped). It's all flourishes and sketches while at the same time repetition and droning. How do they do both so seamlessly, with such signature? I'm still trying to figure it out. I agree with other enthusiasts I have read as well- the first and maybe only band to integrate components of analogue lo-fi as part of their sound. Listen to hear what I'm talking about...

Beautiful overcast spring sounds to go with those who casually rock and dream towards the lo-fi wash of the 1970s. It's for those thoughtful minds that routinely look upwards during altered and hesitant moments. Get lost, almost without even knowing it.