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NOTE: THIS IS A PREORDER THAT WILL SHIP ON OR NEAR THE RELEASE DATE OF JULY 15, 2016
 
One of the masterpieces in the Clairecords canon is widely considered to be the 2002 debut album by a then-unknown band from Estonia called Pia Fraus. The album also saw one of Clairecords' earliest licensing opportunities, with Japanese label Vinyl Junkie selecting the album for one of its earliest releases, which effectively brought the band to Japan for a small tour.
 
Since the release of In Solarium, the album is considered an international opening of Estonian shoegaze scene. In Solarium consciously announced the imaginary marriage of My Bloody Valentine and Stereolab. It was a time when shoegaze had been somewhat sidelined in Europe. coming out of nowhere, Pia Fraus turned out an essential dose for shoegaze addicts all over the world, with their almost inaudible lyrics and pop melodies underneath massive guitar layers.
 
Future fans wondered why these youngsters, barely in their twenties, from this tiny country, had taken to follow such an almost forgotten wave. The feedback was thoroughly positive. The connections established with In Solarium became the foundation for the future of Pia Fraus, and through Seksound, for a number of other Estonian bands.
 
The album, which turned out a perfected prototype of the "Pia Fraus sound" was recorded by Hendrik Luuk during three weeks in July 2001 in Forwards Studio in Tartu.
 
The band's label Seksound has recently reissued nearly all of Pia Fraus releases on vinyl, and Clairecords has joined forces to bring the release of In Solarium stateside. The vinyl release of In Solarium is hand numbered and limited to 444 copies worldwide, with only half of these copies reaching the United States.
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