I've been listening to Anathallo for a good 6 years now and they never cease to impress. Every consecutive album they grow and improve, while retaining their creativity and sincere musical curiosity. In film I often yearn for a director who makes stunning, deep, interesting, and skillfully crafted films that are joyful and good...too often I feel as though the best of our films this decade are amazing, but amazingly dreary or dark or death-filled. While I have yet to find many directors who are moving away from the amazingly terrible to the amazingly joyful, Anathallo should be recognized for this in the land of music. Their musicality expresses deep meaning, tells intriguing and unique stories, and resounds with thoughtful craftsmanship, yet its thoughtfulness does not stray towards cynicism or desolate self-realization. Rather, Anathallo strikes a chord of brilliance and resounding joy that is often calm and entrancing with moments of powerful triumph.
Historically, I have purchased multiples copies of their albums everytime a new release comes to pass... I enjoy giving such fine music to my friends and family and know they will delightfully surprised by the talent, accessibility, and depth of this not-so-mainstream band.