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Engineers

The dream pop/shoegazer school of alternative pop/rock reached its commercial and artistic peak in the '90s, but noteworthy shoegazer bands continued to emerge in the 21st century -- and one of them was Engineers (not to be confused with Engineer, a brutal Syracuse, NY-based death metal combo that has recorded for the Metal Blade imprint Black Market Activities). Formed in London, England in May 2003, Engineers have been quite loyal to the dream pop/shoegazer aesthetic of the late '80s and early to mid-'90s; they favor a hazy, ethereal, atmospheric type of sound and have demonstrated that they would rather float than rock. Engineers' direct or indirect influences have included, among others, the Cocteau Twins, Spiritualized, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Ride, and early Lush (that is, the albums that Lush provided before their 1995 recording Lovelife, which found them abandoning shoegazer music in favor of a tougher, edgier, more rockin' and energetic power pop approach). But not all of Engineers' influences are dream pop/shoegazer bands; they have pre-alternative influences as well, including Pink Floyd. And some of Engineers' admirers have pointed out that there are hints of the Beach Boys' harmonies in their work. Engineers have claimed the late soul icon Curtis Mayfield as an influence, although their material isn't overtly R&B-minded.

Consisting of Simon Phipps on lead vocals and guitar, Dan MacBean on guitar and keyboards, Mark Peters on bass, guitar, and background vocals, and Andrew Sweeney (who has often been listed as simply "Sweeney") on drums and background vocals, Engineers had been together less than a year when they signed with the Echo label (which the Chrysalis Group started in 1994). All four members of the band had grown up in England. Phipps was born on December 29, 1974 in Basildon, Essex, while MacBean was born in September 1973 in Manchester. Peters was born on July 21, 1975 in the Beatles' home town of Liverpool, and Sweeney was born in November 1972 in Ormskirk, Lancashire. Engineers' debut EP, Folly, was released by Echo in September 2004 -- and the following year, Echo put out Engineers' first full-length album (which was a self-titled release). Both Folly and Engineers' self-titled album were well received by dream pop/shoegazer aficionados, and Engineers' fans expected them to come out with a second full-length album sometime in 2007 or 2008. But the London residents ended up parting company with Echo, and fans became concerned about Engineers' future -- especially in light of the fact that bandmembers had been involved in various projects outside of Engineers. In 2009, however, Engineers signed with Kscope Records, a London-based company that is best known for progressive rock -- and even though Engineers aren't progressive rock in the strict sense, the fact that they have some prog influences and appreciate Pink Floyd made Kscope a good fit for them. Kscope released Engineers' second full-length album, Three Fact Fader, in the U.K. in July 2009 and in United States and Canada four months later in November 2009. Not long after the release of this album, it was announced that founding members MacBean and Sweeney were amicably leaving the band and that Phipps and Peters would carry on with a different lineup which included Daniel Land, Matthew Linley, and prominent German electonic artist Ulrich Schnauss. In Praise of More, Engineers' third album and first with the new lineup, was released in the summer of 2010 to a glowing critical reception. Several years and further lineup augmentations would follow before the release of their fourth album. With the band now working as a trio, Peters remained the sole original member on board for 2014's Always Returning which he made alongside Schnauss and Linley. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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very smooth
I am always blown away with this song,,so good.
It's true. People like to pan it off. But this genre works. A wide tapestry to paint upon I guess. This band is quite good.
Never get tired of this atmospheric pop genre
clm3_chip
Bob Mould name-checked these guys in his 2011 autobiograph y . It's cool that I independentl y discovered a band that my favorite musician also likes.

To my ears, you can't go wrong with good shoegazer music, though the Engineers are a little more atmospheric than their early 1990s predecessors in the genre.
funny. in all the mentioned influences it seems that Marrillion, Porcupine Tree, and even Genesis needed to be on this list. Really enjoy their sound.
Definitely love this band, love the Shoegaze scene from way back in the 90's! Folly, their first release, can be purchase on Amazon UK. Has a couple slightly different versions of Come in out of the rain and Forgiveness, and a cover of If I was a Carpenter. I highly recommend getting Engineers and Three Fact Fader if you like what you've heard so far! Enjoy
Didn't these guys do the theme song to Big Love in the later seasons? lol All good. Shoegaze is the greatest. Great to see it's coming back again.
figman99
shoegazing has always been my favorite genre and the Engineers are amazing... please record more...
jkinney2311
The ease factor...... . . . . . . . . . . .
the ONE song pandora plays by these guys rocks my socks off. i've never really been into shoegaze or w/e either.
these guys have taken me through some heavy times. providing a semi psychedelic and dream like reminder of my higher self. cheers to the Engineers
ur sur thurt u spurk urn thur derp?
gurd sturf
Now that In Praise of More has been out for a few months, it'd be nice if Pandora could update their records. Anyway, Praise is a great record. Except for the title track, the Engineers' strip down their sound to its melodic and trancelike core. I think I like it better than Three Factor. I can't wait for a US tour!
stellar_cons o r t i u m
new album is about to come out -- another Kscope release called In Praise of More. A couple of songs are featured in this very cool podcast: http://www.k s c o p e m u s i c . c o m / a u d i o / p o d c a s t / k s c o p e - p o d c a s t - e p i s o d e - s e v e n . m p 3 . z i p

I love the first Engineers album and am still wrapping my head around the second.
only heard two songs so far...very good...
Just added to my AmazonMP3 wish-list so I remember to buy it come pay-day. Awesome sound for us old 'gazers
The stuff I've heard on Pandora is pretty good.
lecwatergurl
I love the 2005 album! The cover is artistic, but most of all the content.
added to my have to get list
adaibloom
Every song I hear from this group is fantastic.
Dreamy
I am in love with this.
kevin832
sweetness, pure sweetness.
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jesicablaume r 4 1 1
what good song

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