Love Spirals Downwards


Love Spirals Downwards

Infobox musical artist
Name = Love Spirals Downwards


Img_capt = Ryan Lum and Suzanne Perry
Background = group_or_band
Birth_name =
Alias =
Born =
Died =
Origin = Los Angeles, California
Instrument = Vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, sampler, drum machine, keyboard, hand drum, dulcimer
Genre = Dream pop
Shoegaze
Darkwave Ethereal
Occupation =
Years_active = 1991 – 1999
Label = Projekt Records
Hyperium Records
Associated_acts = Lovespirals
Melodyguild
URL = [http://www.lovespiralsdownwards.com/ Love Spirals Downwards]

Love Spirals Downwards were an ethereal darkwave, dream pop and electronica recording act from California.

History

Love Spirals Downwards were begun by multi-instrumentalist Ryan Lum and then-girlfriend Suzanne Perry. In 1991, Lum and Perry recorded a demo, which led to a contract with Projekt Records. Over its 8-year history, the band released four full-length albums, a career retrospective, and a CD single, selling (by their own account) in excess of 40,000 CDs [http://www.lovespirals.com/lsd/history.html] . They were also included on over two dozen various artist compilations [http://www.discogs.com/artist/Love+Spirals+Downwards] , including the "Heavenly Voices" series released by the German label Hyperium Records.

Perry's sister Kristen collaborated with Lum and Perry on two tracks on the 1998 album, "Flux". One of her songs, "Psyche," was used on episode #501 of Dawson’s Creek, originally airing on 10/10/2001. This episode is included on the Season 5 DVD set. [http://www.dawsonscreekmusic.com/music/eps501.shtml]

Jennifer Wilde (then working under her maiden name, Jennifer Ryan Fuller) performed as a guest vocalist on two tracks for Love Spirals Downwards' 1994 second release, "Ardor". Her vocals from one of these songs, "Sunset Bell," were reused for a new version of the song 4 years later on the band's album, "Flux". Wilde went on to form her own band, Liquid State, in January 2006. [http://www.myspace.com/liquidstate]

Although the band never officially broke up, in 1999 Lum began releasing music under the shortened moniker, Lovespirals, featuring new vocal collaborator, Anji Bee. In January 2000, the Love Spirals Downwards career retrospective CD, "Temporal", was released by Projekt including new remixes of songs from "Flux" and promotional materials that seemed to indicate the band were still active. [http://www.projekt.com/projekt/product.asp?dept%5Fid=10&sku=PRO00097]

Soon after, Projekt announced that Perry would release an EP under the band name, Melodyguild, in 2003. The release was pushed back several times before disappearing from the label's site. Projekt released a label sampler CD in December 2006 with a Melodyguild song listed as "from the 'Aitu (maxi CD)'," set for 2007 release.

Out later in 2007 are two re-released albums in remastered versions, namely "Idylls" and "Ardor". Remastered by Ryan Lum in 2007 both releases hold extra tracks [ [http://www.side-line.com/news_comments.php?id=26482_0_2_1_C Love Spirals Downwards album remastered] ] .

In June 2008 Suzanne Perry, the vocalist for Love Spirals Downwards, returned with her first body of work in almost a decade under the Melodyguild moniker. The quartet released the 4-track EP "Aitu" via the Projekt Records label [ [http://www.side-line.com/news_comments.php?id=31277_0_2_0_C Vocalist Love Spirals Downwards returns with 'Aitu' EP under Melodyguild monikker] ] . The tracks on the EP are the following: "Panamint", "Accomplice", "Flicker", "Un parallel".

Discography

Albums

*"Idylls" (1992)
*"Ardor" (1994)
*"Sideways Forest" single (1996)
*"Ever" (1996)
*"Flux" (1998)
*"Temporal" (2000)

Various-artist compilation appearances

* "From Across This Gray Land No.3" Projekt Records (1992)
* "From Hypnotic to Hypersonic" Hyperium Records (1992)
* "50 Years of Sunshine" Silent Records (1993)
* "The Altered Mind #13" flexidisc from "The Altered Mind" (1993)
* "Heavenly Voices" Hyperium Records (1993)
* "Beneath the Icy Floe Vol. 2 " Projekt Records (1994)
* "Zauber of Music Vol. 3" from "Music From the Empty Quarter Vol. 12"' (1994)
* "Of These Reminders" Projekt Records (1995)
* "Beneath the Icy Floe Vol. 3" Projekt Records (1995)
* "Romantic Sound Sampler Vol. 2" Zillo/EFA (1995)
* "Excelsis (v.1): A Dark Noel" Projekt Records (1995)
* "Wave Romantics: Dark Ballads & Underground Rock Classics" Facedown/Edel (1996)
* "Beneath the Icy Floe Vol. 4" Projekt Records (1996)
* "Beneath the Icy Floe Vol. 5"' Projekt Records (1997)
* "Splashed With Many a Speck" Dewdrops Records (1997)
* "Life is Too Short for Boring Music Vol. 11" EFA (1997)
* "Indie Gestion: AP 12" Alternative Press (1997)
* "The Projekt Sampler/Beneath the Icy Floe Vol. 6" Projekt Records (1998)
* "Carpe Noctem 1" Bleeding Edge Media (1998)
* "Loraine: A KUCI 88.9FM Benefit Compilation" Peach Records (1998)
* "Precipice Recordings Volume 1" Precipice Records (1998)
* "Diva X Machina 3" COP International (2000)
* "Heartbeats" Mascara/In-Zoom (2000)
* "Projekt 100: The Early Years, 1985 to 1995" Projekt Records (2000)
* "Darkwave: Music of the Shadows v2" K-Tel (2000)
* "Within This Infinite Ocean..." Projekt Records/Borders (2001)
* "Excelsis Box Set" Projekt Records (2001)
* "A Dark Noel: The Very Best of Excelsis" Projekt Records/Hot Topic (2002)
* "Projekt: The New Face of Goth" Projekt Records/Hot Topic (2003)
* "Projekt 200" Projekt Records (2007)
* "A Dark Noel (in the Excelsis series)" Projekt Records (2007)

References

External links

* [http://www.lovespiralsdownwards.com/ Love Spirals Downwards] Official site
* Band Page on the [http://www.projekt.com/projekt/artist.asp?id=1002 Projekt Records] site
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* [http://www.discogs.com/artist/Love+Spirals+Downwards Discogs] band page
* [http://www.myspace.com/lovespiralsdownwards MySpace] band page


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