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Beast Moans

Swan Lake Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Scratch
  • ASIN: B000K4X9GS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 981,938 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moans and groans 26 Nov 2006
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Indie supergroup Swan Lake certainly has a promising lineup -- it has members from the New Pornographers, Wolf Parade, and Frog Eyes.

With that kind of lineup, it's hard not to expect some enjoyably strange indiepop with a unique sound. And Swan Lake -- for the most part -- delivers, with its weaves of lo-fi fuzz, acoustic guitar and wavery synth. It starts off a little weakly, but quickly gains steam and barrels on like the Decemberists on really good acid.

It opens with the languid fuzz-pop and piercing synth of "Widow's Walk," followed by the dark "Nubile Days," a chaotic little mass of folk-dancey rhythm and hard-rock instruments. These two songs are pretty enjoyable, but they somehow feel like they lack a musical vision, and just got thrown together.

That changes with "City Calls," a dizzying swirl of shimmering synth and wobbly vocals. It sounds like the song was recorded during an earthquake, and it takes a few listens to hear the intricate melodies woven through it. From there, Swan Lake expands its sound further -- ominous fuzz-rock, eerie synthpop with shimmering voices, mellow guitars, and wonderful stretches of shining Hammond.

"Beast Moans" is one of those wonderfully strange albums that occasionally are made, and usually don't get as much attention as they deserve. Maybe this will be one of the exceptions, given the solid lineup... just so long as you don't expect to hear Destroyer, Wolf Parade or the New Pornographers. This is entirely different, like the Decemberists jamming with the Olivia Tremor Control.

The music itself is a glorious mess of the lo-fi and experimental, dabbling in sing-alongs and poetry recitals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lush, experimental soundscapes 14 Dec 2006
By R. D. Ward - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am a huge fan of all things Krug, and recently got into Destroyer. Although I haven't really gotten into Frog Eyes, I appreciate their avant garde edge. That said, when I first listened to this album, I was somewhat disappointed. It sounded muddled and slopped together. Several of the songs sounded like incomplete ideas. However, after repeated listening, I think that this is a really good album. It is best to listen to it as an album, rather than picking selected tracks. The whole thing gives me a feeling of floating. Upon my first few listens, I was overwhelmed by a wall of sound and reverb, upon repeated listening, however, different noises and instrumentation come out of the mix, making this an infinitely replayable album. Noisy cacaphony suddenly turns into melodic and beautiful moments, only to be swept back under seconds later. These moments (more and more are revealed upon repeated listens) are what make the album challenging and endlessly rewarding. Turn it on and get swept up in the blissful, melancholy haze that Krug, Bejar, and Mercer have created.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Stop Listening... 16 Jan 2007
By megbot_423 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I love this album so much. I'm a big fan of Destroyer/Dan Bejar, so I bought this album without having heard anything from it. I'm so glad I took a chance. It's amazing how listenable it is for something that's pretty experimental. I definitely want to hear the work of the other 2 guys now. Ooh I want to hear it right now!
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moans and groans 22 Nov 2006
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Indie supergroup Swan Lake certainly has a promising lineup -- it has members from the New Pornographers, Wolf Parade, and Frog Eyes.

With that kind of lineup, it's hard not to expect some enjoyably strange indiepop with a unique sound. And Swan Lake -- for the most part -- delivers, with its weaves of lo-fi fuzz, acoustic guitar and wavery synth. It starts off a little weakly, but quickly gains steam and barrels on like the Decemberists on really good acid.

It opens with the languid fuzz-pop and piercing synth of "Widow's Walk," followed by the dark "Nubile Days," a chaotic little mass of folk-dancey rhythm and hard-rock instruments. These two songs are pretty enjoyable, but they somehow feel like they lack a musical vision, and just got thrown together.

That changes with "City Calls," a dizzying swirl of shimmering synth and wobbly vocals. It sounds like the song was recorded during an earthquake, and it takes a few listens to hear the intricate melodies woven through it. From there, Swan Lake expands its sound further -- ominous fuzz-rock, eerie synthpop with shimmering voices, mellow guitars, and wonderful stretches of shining Hammond.

"Beast Moans" is one of those wonderfully strange albums that occasionally are made, and usually don't get as much attention as they deserve. Maybe this will be one of the exceptions, given the solid lineup... just so long as you don't expect to hear Destroyer, Wolf Parade or the New Pornographers. This is entirely different, like the Decemberists jamming with the Olivia Tremor Control.

The music itself is a glorious mess of the lo-fi and experimental, dabbling in sing-alongs and poetry recitals. There are rough riffs, droning melodies, a muffled tambourine, and enormous blankets of Hammond organ that shimmer like a waterfall. The instruments all flow together into a hazy melodic wash that gets more enjoyable as you listen to it.

Just don't expect terribly coherent songs, sung in Dan Bejar's off-key voice and Krug's more whispery one. There is a slight flaw, in that the poetic lyrics seem distant from the music itself. But the lyrics are beautifully befuddling, with peculiar themes ("One thousand people people/ Did what they could/ They found a steeple/ Tore up the wood") ranging from kindly earls to small towns flooding.

If Colin Meoy ever got eaten by a Hammond organ, the result might be something like "Beast Moans." While Swan Lake's debut album isn't the kind that you immediately embrace, its strengths come out as times goes on.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Album 24 May 2011
By David Small - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"Swimming in her pools" is the best song I've heard in years. I bought this album a while ago and still can't stop listening to that song.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good album, but it takes a few listens 24 Nov 2006
By Ryan Poulos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Overall a good album, but don't expect to fall in love with it the first time you listen to it. Give it a few listens over some time and you're likely to find yourself wanting to hear it. I agree with the previous reviewer that it begins weak and gets stronger....
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