Breathless- Nailing Colours To The Wheel 12”
In general, I’ve always found Breathless to be one of the most underrated bands in the post-punk/dreampop spectrum. While many are familiar with Dominic Appleton’s voice via This Mortal Coil’s sophomore release Filigree and Shadow (and one track on Blood), few I talk to seem familiar with his own band, which existed beforehand and still exists today (new album in the works). It’s a shame, as the majority of their material is among the best I’ve ever heard. Predating My Bloody Valentine’s stylistic shift by a few years, there are sounds at play that would soon become shoegaze staples. Tremendous layered guitars. Dream-like atmosphere and epic swells. Rhythmic bass. Appleton’s singular vocals. Throw in John Fryer’s always amazing production (especially on the killer drumming) and you have something truly special.
While a good majority of the band’s material has been reissued or compiled, it seems like this 12” has fallen by the wayside, outside of two tracks which appear elsewhere on full length records. I haven’t seen it blogged before (though I could be wrong), and most rips I’ve come across are lacking in bitrate or depth. So, with that in mind, here’s a crystal-clear rip of this fantastic 12” from 1986. Every track here is perfection, and the opening song “Bad Blood” (an exclusive to this 12”) may just be a contender for my favorite song of all time.
You can easily find this 12” for sale for rather cheap, proof that sometimes the best records are often very affordable. No post-punk collection should be without this record.
Breathless- Nailing Colours To the Wheel 12”
1. Bad Blood
2. Waiting On the Wire
3. Count On Angels
4. The Warmest Kiss