The Return to Slowcore | “Copernicus Crater” – Duster


Josiah Leach, Managing Editor

If you’re familiar with Duster, a ‘90s slowcore band from San Jose, CA, you’ve probably found yourself pushing their music onto anyone who might listen. Dubbed “your favorite indie band’s favorite indie band” by Stereogum, they’ve developed a strong fanbase in the underground since their debut over 20 years ago.

Their spacey, lo-fi sound may not seem like much, especially not on the first listen, and it’s undoubtedly left many listeners feeling unimpressed or downright bored. But for their fans and their indie rock disciples alike, it’s that very subtlety that’s so addictive.

After almost two decades, they’re back with a brand new single “Copernicus Crater.” It’s a bit noisier than anything from Stratosphere, their esteemed debut record, but still retains the magic of classic Duster space rock.

The four-minute and 49-second track is dominated by a repetitive guitar riff and vocals lingering in the background, blurred and indistinct. “Copernicus Crater,” like all of Duster’s music, was recorded in frontman Clay Parton’s garage, giving it that characteristically raw feeling. I’d liken it to a b-side from Contemporary Movement, but it really is a new track with a new energy. It’s a reminder of their strong influence in the indie rock scene, even years on from their original work.

Their self-titled album is releasing next month on Dec. 13. In the meantime, you can check out the “Copernicus Crater” music video, as well as “What You’re Doing To Me,” their non-album single released earlier this year.

Feature image retrieved from the “Copernicus Crater” music video.