Terror De Lune

by The Marshmallow Staircase

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"In the infinite recesses of psychedelia, there exists a vacuum where the sounds of the past are only appropriated as newer acts fear being fingered as relics; nostalgia acts afraid of technology, electronics, and the future. This bleak, hopeless realm swallows any bands eager to tip their caps to their forefathers without reinventing the wheel as the download generation happily ignores them for the hottest fad. Blame it on the proliferation of voices in the form of media-centric blogs or on the laziness of a generation weaned on A.D.D. gizmos, it doesn’t matter when you’re pointing finger but never listening yourself.

Scranton’s The Marshmallow Staircase (all Michael Scott jokes aside) do not fear these nasty repercussions. Terror de Lune, released by venerable smallie Summersteps, embraces the dusty placenta of psychedelia’s rainbow birth—infusing it not with the latest technology but the latest societal pulse. As the title suggests, the album is heavy on the fear factor; an acid trip through time not unlike the infamous Gene Wilder Willy Wonka warp. The album is heavy on the black, washing out the color spectrum with a cold blood pass of the scythe. Terror de Lune pulsates with dirty sexuality, obscuring the drug-addled joy of the past with a hazy pall of sin. It’s the embodiment of B-movie vamp, never fearing a bit of ambiguity and blood in the absence of happiness.

This shunning of modern convenience emboldens the album with a sinister tone. The masochistic vocals and metal riffs that slowly swallow the album like a tab of LSD take a journey not even Timothy Leary could predict. It’s these dark places, away from the prying eyes of everyman critics and early tech adopters that Terror de Lune finds its own shimmer, though it glows with the ebon eyes of the beast of opulence. Succumbing to your Linda Lovelace fantasies is what Terror de Lune is all about and fearing that primal beast tucked deep within; keeping it at bay with mantras of modern convenience will do nothing to quell The Marshmallow Staircase from revealing your true self." (Agitated Atmosphere - KEXP - Justin Spicer)


released May 26, 2010


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Summersteps Records Dunmore, Pennsylvania

Established in 1996, Summersteps Records is a micro-indie label located in the heart of rural Northeastern Pennsylvania. Beginning as a handmade cassette label, Summersteps soon began manufacturing CDs, vinyl and now tapes again.

The label labors to expose wild, fragile, beautiful, psychedelic and obscure music(s) from both its Pennsylvania surroundings and elsewhere.
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