Infobox musical artist
Name = Lovesliescrushing

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Origin = East Lansing, Michigan
Genre = Dream pop, lo-fi, ambient, noise
Years_active = 1991 - present
Label = Projekt Records Sonic Syrup Automatic Entertainment
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Current_members = Scott Cortez (guitars, loops, treatments) Melissa Arpin-Duimstra(vocals)
Past_members = Andrew Prinz Ana Breton Alyssa Brown Michael Anderson Drekka
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Lovesliescrushing (often misspelled Loveliescrushing) is a Dream pop, lo-fi, ambient, noise band, that formed in the fall of 1991 in East Lansing, Michigan and later moved to Tucson, Arizona. The two primary members of the band are Scott Cortez (guitars, loops, treatments) and Melissa Arpin-Duimstra (vocals). Other musicians join the group for live performances. Auxiliary members have included Andrew Prinz, Alyssa Browne of Mahogany, and Michael Anderson Drekka.


Their sound has been compared mainly to that of My Bloody Valentine. Unlike MBV, however, Lovesliescrushing has a sound less dependent on traditional song structures and vocals. With a penchant for guitar tonality and soft vocals, while burying the result under layers of effects, they combine noise and melody in unique ways. The emphasis has always been on texture, hence the unorthodox manner of playing strings with metal, nails, chopsticks, screwdrivers, vibrators and violin bows, to create new tones, much like Glenn Branca, Sonic Youth and Einstürzende Neubauten did in the '80s, but to a different end. They are often accused of using keyboards on their albums, an honest mistake due to the otherworldly sound that they achieve. Cortez was proud of the fact that guitar and voice were the only sound sources and that all of their music was done on a 4 track. This is an important and oft-forgotten note, hence the lo-fi tag. They eschew keyboards and the studio due to aesthetic and economic reasons. The Lovesliescrushing sound is typefied by loops and has always been identified by its lack of drums and its reliance on Scott Cortez' skill at "wreaking all manner of beautiful sonic mayhem from his guitar."

Between 1996 and 2002, Scott Cortez left Projekt Records to front Astrobrite on the Sonic Syrup label.

In 2000 Cortez began experimenting with the digital realm by dumping his 4 track recordings into a computer to expand production. The process resulted in two sister albums released as "glissceule" and "voirshn". Cortez dubbed the new sound "glitch bliss," due to the digital manipulations of signature voice and guitar wash layers. Bands that covered similar terrain were Seefeel, Zoviet France, Windy & Carl, Main (band), Flying Saucer Attack, and The Cocteau Twins; new progenitors are artists like Fennesz and Belong.

In 2005 lovesliescrushing eshewed guitar altogether to release an a cappella album. His latest project STAR can be seen and heard on their [ website] .


* "Bloweyelashwish" - (self-released cassette) lullaby (1992)
* "Bloweyelashwish" (CD, Album) Projekt (1994)
* "Bloweyelashwish" (Cass, Album) Projekt (1994)
* "Youreyesimmaculate" (7", Ltd, Pur) Projekt (1994)
* "Xuvetyn" (CD) Projekt (1996)
* "Glissceule" (CD) Sonic Syrup (2002)
* "Voirshn" (CD, Album) Projekt (2002)
* "Global And Available" (CD, Album) Type Records (2) (2003)
* "Chorus" (CD, Album, Ltd) Automatic Entertainment (2007)
* "GIRL.ECHO.SUNS.VEILS."(CD) Projekt (2008)
* "GIRL.ECHO.SUNS.VEILS."(Digipak) edition of 300, w/ bonus disc (1990-06), Projekt (2008)
* "VIR.CELSUS.LONGE.HIS."(CD) bonus disc, edition of 300, Projekt (2008)

Tracks Appear On

*"Terra X - Vol. 1 Love And Hate" (CD) Babysbreath (Mycomion) Terra X Records (1993)
*"Beneath The Icy Floe. V.1" (CD,Smplr) Babysbreath Projekt (1994)
*"Beneath The Icy Floe. V. 2" (CD, Smplr, Dig) Teardrop/Dizzy Projekt (1994)
*"Of These Reminders (2xCD, Album + Box)" These Fleeting Moments Projekt (1994)
*"Beneath The Icy Floe. V. 3 "(CD, Smplr) Babysbreath Projekt (1995)
*"Excelsis - A Dark Noel" (CD, Album) Jingle Bells (Snowblower) Projekt (1995)
*"Beneath The Icy Floe. V. 4" (CD, Smplr, Dig) Bones Of Angels Projekt (1996)
*"Beneath The Icy Floe. V. 5" (CD, Smplr) Blooded & Blossom-Blown Projekt (1997)
*"Splashed With Many A Speck" (2xCD) Lips To Kiss Dewdrops Records (1997)
*"Projekt100: The Early Years" 1985-1995 (CD) Valerian (Mix 1) Projekt (2000)
*"Excelsis" (Box + 3xCD) Jingle Bells (Snowblower) Projekt (2001)
*"Projekt 2003.1"(CD) Sovfx Projekt (2003)

External links

* [ Scott Cortez interview]
* [ Guitar Geek interview]
* []
* []
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* [ Projekt Records]
* [ lovesliescrushing interview (october 1995) for QRD]

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