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Amber Spyglass


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Gothic alternative pop/darkwave

Status:

Amber Spyglass is now Kelly Spyglass solo. Most recent releases "Ghosts Fade" and "Foam" (singles, 2013); most recent full-length release, Breathing in Essence (2012)

See also:

Amber Spyglass on bamdcamp

Amber Spyglass MySpace page

The Ectophiles' Guide's page for Opium Den, John DeGregorio's previous band

Comparisons:

Siouxsie and the Banshees

Covers/own material:

Own, occasional covers

General comments:

Dark, guitar-dominated rocking Gothic sound with rich vocals. (sophiagurley@hotmail.com)

Recommended first album:

Accelerating Parcae is their full-length debut

Recordings:

  • Amber Spyglass (EP, 2000)
  • Accelerating Parcae (2004)
  • Breathing in Essence (2012)
  • Foam (Kelly Spyglass, single, 2013)
  • Ghosts Fade (Kelly Spyglass, single, 2013)

Accelerating Parcae

Release info:

2004—Decorative Records

Availability:

See Amber Spyglass site

Ecto priority:

Recommended for darkwave pop/rock fans

Group members:

Kelly Godshall—vocals, keyboards
John DeGregorio—guitars, samples, programming

Guest artists:

David Chervenak—bass guitar on 5 tracks

Comments:

Accelerating Parcae's dark pop/rock sound is consistently grounded by Kelly Godshall's strong, rich, sometimes harsh sometimes crooning vocals. The instrumentation is strongly guitar-based, but John DeGregorio gets a range of sound from the guitar and the other instrumentation makes it sound like there were a lot more musicians participating in making this album. My favourite track here is the haunting, winding, evocative "Silent Ravine." Others will love the more rocking and ranging songs that dominate the album. Interesting cover of Bowie's "I'm Afraid of Americans". (sophiagurley@hotmail.com)


Thanks to Sophia Gurley for work on this entry

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