Phase one of the Lilys'
odyssey plunges Kurt Heasley
and friends -- among them members of Velocity Girl
, the Ropers
and Suddenly Tammy! -- into the heart of the shoegazing phenomenon; In the Presence of Nothing
is the quick follow-up to Loveless that My Bloody Valentine
never made, with tracks like "There's No Such Thing as Black Orchids" and "The Way Snowflakes Fall" capturing the moment in vividly dreamy and atmospheric detail. A relic of its time, to be sure, but also a wonderful testament to shoegazing's brief but seminal moment in the sun.