Sort of like a less successful version of Ride, Winchester upstarts Revolver burst (if that's the appropriate verb - which it probably isn't) onto the shoegazing scene in 1991 with the stupendously brilliant Heaven Sent An Angel EP. This release included not one but two of the year's finest indiepop moments - the title track plus the far-too-good-to-be-hidden-away-on-the-B-side Molasses.
Despite following this up with two more splendid releases (The Cradle Snatch and Venice EPs) in the subsequent twelve months, the success that this unusually melodic pre-Britpop band so richly deserved continued to elude them, and when they finally resurfaced in 1993 with their first (and only, as it turned out) studio album, Cold Water Flat, their moment seemed to have passed. The mildly underwhelming nature of some of the album's tracks only served to confirm this, for me.
A much safer bet is the 1992 US compilation album of the first three EPs, Baby's Angry. As a historical document of the UK indie scene at the time, this CD is as fine an example as you could wish to find. From it, here's the aforementioned Heaven Sent An Angel and Molasses, plus the equally thrilling Red All Over.
Revolver - Heaven Sent An Angel mp3
Revolver - Molasses mp3
Revolver - Red All Over mp3
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