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Ataraxia/Taraxis [Single, EP]

Pelican Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, EP
  • Label: Southern Lord
  • ASIN: B0078SAJ3U
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,624 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Ataraxia 3:210.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Lathe Biosas 4:460.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Parasite Colony 4:410.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Taraxis 5:140.69  Buy MP3 

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 9 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
Absolutely sublime. Beautiful melodies, great riffs, almost catchy in places. Hopefully a precursor of more great things to come.
At only 18 minutes, leaves you wanting more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interim EP Release from Pelican leaves us wanting more 13 April 2012
By Ryan Smith - Published on
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New music from Pelican is always exciting. This quartet is as innovative as any artist or group at any popularity today. This EP proves no different, in fact one might say this is their most innovative release to date. For long time Pelican fans, I don't want to give away any spoilers as to what the music actually consists of, but the first track is reminiscent of This Will Destroy You 's self titled release first track. There are new elements on this EP that are referencing the evolving face of the 'post' genre, the sprawling often instrumental genre that has developed the past two decades. Also Pelican have created a synthesis in the final track (Taraxis) from their beautiful acoustic pieces with the full band sound, and than some. I want to say more, but I wouldn't want to read about specific new elements without hearing the EP first!

For a bit of a track by track (or maybe a bit more than a bit...), the first song Ataraxia is one of the two most experimental tracks on the album that strays from Pelican's signature sound. Great moody, apocalyptic piece to start the album, it instantly grabbed me- after a few listens its as if Neurosis and Pelican teamed up on this one. Lathe Biosas is the single that was released early for listeners, and it is no surprise. This is the most standardized track of the album, giving nothing away of the experimental edges of the EP. The only element to point out is how pop oriented the song feels, its almost an instrumental pop-punk song from our Pelican friends. I often dislike when music strays in that direction, but after the first minute of the song a section is introduced to glue this hard hitting, catchy intro together with the intricacies of Pelican's playing. the song is a really enjoyable listen framed in the Pelican catalog. Parasite Colony is a sludgy distorted mess. Perfect, this really builds off the music from What We All Come To Need, the last full length. It is evolved, even timeless. The menacing insect reference in the title reminds me of the early Isis release Constellation, which makes me very, very happy. Just another dark heavy story. I'd have to say this is even more inline with the Pelican catalog than Lathe Biosas, but not fit for a single release due to its sludgy nature. These two tracks are sandwiched in between the more experimental, yet are natural progressions of the two styles of songs Pelican often compose, the hard rocking material matured in City of Echoes and the sludgy, dark brutality apparent since their beginnings with Australasia. The final track Taraxis is quite a departure into new territory, it is again another reference to the shifting landscape of 'post' music, referencing so many influences yet expressing itself entirely as a Pelican composition.

This leads me to the cover, which as always frames the story of a Pelican album. The sky represents new territory on the horizon, the dunes are the vast expanses Pelican have traversed already to progress them along (remember Drought on Australasia?), and also represent the shifting landscape of the music scene and the band's life. The group recorded many elements of this album in several different studios across the country, displaying how a band with this many years of playing together can communicate emotions successfully without the stability of a single room, a single vibe. I was worried about this, I always love the vibe a record has, but this EP restored my faith they didn't half-measure out of convenience to do this album in many parts. Hats off to the band for another successful release, and us fans will be drooling for more in a full length that matures and evolves the new elements introduced in this EP, Ataraxia/Taraxis.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars slightly different but still pelican 22 Dec 2012
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Like the title states, this newest release from Pelican tweaks their original approach but is still a very rewarding listen. If you like them before I think you will dig on this one also..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent EP by Pelican 20 April 2012
By Shared Gum - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Given the difference in duration, it is tough to apply the same rating system to LPs and EPs, but this is a five star EP. It is interesting how people's opinions can differ, but I felt that this was one of their more nuanced, melodic, original and yet experimental efforts. I almost feel that Pelican is a band of EPs - I have really liked Untitled, Ephemeral, March Into the Sea and this one. At the same time, I sometimes have a tougher time staying focused for the duration of some of their longer LPs. On this album, I like the very subtle opener and closer, and especially the acoustic guitar (at least I think so) used in the album closer. The other two tracks were classic Pelican carefully crafted songs. Even though overall, I prefer Red Sparowes and Russian Circles to Pelican, this is a great EP.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 2 Oct 2013
By Ryan An - Published on
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You can tell the members of Pelican live in separate cities and don't have the same cohesion on this record. A couple of the songs aren't bad but for the most part it's pretty insipid which is sad if you love their other material. Fingers crossed for the album being released this month.
4.0 out of 5 stars Evolutionary --not Revolutionary 23 Jan 2013
By Robert B. Laidlaw - Published on
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If this EP is a portent of bigger things to come, I'm looking forward to what should be a more daring adventure. As much as I enjoy
the Pelican catalog, I find that there isn't much to distinguish one record from another. This is not a bad thing. These guys have an artful ability in mixing ambient textures with pummelling crescendos. What's exciting about this glimmer of new material is that
the song structures are less formulaic, and when the crush of guitars kick in, it's all the more rewarding.
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