Here’s an Imaginary Compilation Album for An April March, a 1990s alternative rock band from Kitchener, Ontario, who I suppose would fall roughly into the “dream pop” category. Their reviews tend to feature the words “ethereal” and “shoegaze” quite a bit, and there are certain songs here that remind me a lot of Mazzy Star, The Sundays, or early Cocteau Twins (you know, the gothic years). They really deserve a proper non-imaginary compilation, or better yet, for their original albums to get a reissue, but at the moment their entire catalogue remains out of print and not even available for legal download, so for now this is the best you’re going to get.

I’m afraid I can’t tell you much about the individual tracks as there simply isn’t a lot of information out there. What I do know is that the oldest song here, “Scarlett Bliss”, is recorded with original bassist Robert Lambke and temporary drummer Joel Walsh. Soon afterwards, the group settled down to a “power trio” format with singer Danella Hocevar and electronics operator Steve Perry also sharing bass and lead guitar duties between them, and drums pounded by Michael Klüg.

Also, The Roddy Frame Experience is apparently inspired by Hocevar (or was it Perry?) having a really transcendent time at an Aztec Camera gig, so I suppose that makes it the dreampop equivalent of Killing Me Softly With His Song.

Beyond that, I’ve got nothing. Except some out-of-print CDs! But enjoy the tunes / other musical elements.

Side One

1 Mandarin (from Instruments Of Lust And Fury, 1995)
2 Scarlett Bliss (Impatiens, 1993)
3 Juner (It Goes Without Saying, 1997)
4 Let Everyone Down (Adagio, 1996)
5 The Roddy Frame Experience (It Goes Without Saying, 1997)

Side Two

1 We Were Never Attached (Adagio, 1996)
2 You’ve Been Had (Lessons In Vengeance, 1995)
3 Smart Bird (Something Once True, Is Always True, 1999)
4 Stardust (It Goes Without Saying, 1997)
5 This Is… (It Goes Without Saying, 1997)


JC adds….I’ll wager that most of you, out of curiousity, will click first on Track 5 of Side One…….