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Origins

God Is An Astronaut Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (16 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rocket Girl
  • ASIN: B00DYFCSAS
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,081 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Last March
2. Calistoga
3. Reverse World
4. Transmissions
5. Weightless
6. Exit Dream
7. Signal Rays
8. Autumn Song
9. Spiral Code
10. Strange Steps
11. Red Moon Lagoon
12. Light Years from Home

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4.0 out of 5 stars Getting there 14 Oct 2013
By D OUDOT
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Not their best album by any means and they have a new line-up and approach to what they lay down... but as this is their first effort as a five-piece it's encouraging to say the least. Three or four outstanding tunes and some hit-and-miss stuff, but to say I'm looking forward to their next album is an understatement.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great album 9 Oct 2013
By Thomas
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Origins may not be their best work, but is a fresh combination of new sounds and old style. It's an experiment well made that keeps the post-rock standards high, like God Is An Astronaut used to do.
Few tracks bring such an explosion of sounds and emotions, you can get addicted to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GIAA's Best Material 18 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD
At first I thought Origins was great, easily on par with the rest of the band's work. Now however I think it is AMAZING. Origins is one of my favourite albums to date, and I think it is GIAA's best album. I think it is definitely one of the best releases this year will see, down to musical prowess and the ability to create a modern sound while keeping many of the basic formulae intact.

Though it is a very tough choice, my favourite tracks on the album include:

The Last March - The first track on the album with a very uplifting theme, fading away at times to then come back with more energy.
Strange Steps - A slower paced track with a mesmerising theme, featuring powerful sounds following a great build up. Some vocals to enhance the mysterious setting.
Light Years From Home - A track filled with emotion, with vocals laying out the main melody. The final track on the album.

There is a great mixture of sounds in Origins, with energetic, guitar riff based, piano central and vocally-led tracks. The pacing of the album is great and although the vocals are generally indecipherable, they generally serve to act as an instrument rather than a song meaning (as is tradition with GIAA).

I probably sound like somewhat of a fanboy but I literally cannot give this album enough praise, especially with some of the pop trash that's topping the charts these days. Origins gets a 10/10 from me, and GIAA have cemented their place in post-rock history (as if they hadn't already), showing that six albums in they're still going as strong as ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully similar to other albums, but brighter for sure, I love it 30 Sep 2013
By C.Lugt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Indeed, this is an album that is a very slight departure from the previous albums. But this is not a bad thing. Artists must experiment with their sound or else loose their edge. The brightness of this album is a nice correlation to the name of it, "Origins". There is something to be said about the naive nature of an origin. Fawns enter into the world with shaky legs and bright eyes as they collect as much stimuli from the world around them. This is what I see from GIAA. Although this is an album from 2013, this is a journey of sound to an origin when things seemed easy, wars were not fought, and, yet, we all had a little more time to enjoy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars huge, building, epic guitar post-rock with a twist 17 Jan 2014
By Charlie Quaker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
On their 6th album, this Irish band plays huge, building, epic guitar post-rock roars that ascend
into the heavens—with songs that are enhanced by soaring synthesizers and the occasional bit
of pop melody, as well as some Krautrock-like rhythms. Something like a mix of Mogwai,
Savage Republic, Majeure, Explosions In the Sky, Trans Am, Maserati.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, But Not Great Either 4 Oct 2013
By Jason Chu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'll attempt to break down this review by song, since I have very different opinions depending on which song I'm listening to. Overall, the album was OK, I can tell they were definitely experimenting in their new album, but I personally like their original styles better. In a general sense, the singing played a more prominent role which I feel detracts from their original strengths - vast audio-scapes from their guitar and piano playing, the ethereal-ness in some of their other songs, and strong melodic driving. With this album I felt there wasn't as much as the latter two, as if they tried to incorporate styles from other bands/artists instead of building upon what they already had. I was initially attracted to their music because of their excellent and memorable melodies. Unlike previous albums, the first few songs in this album don't really go together and lacks any transitions in between. If you're just getting into GIAA, I would recommend getting their self-titled album, "All is Violent, All is Bright," and "Age of the Fifth Sun" to start out with.

For each song below I wrote my thoughts down as I was listening to it, but of course these are just my interpretations.

1) The Last March - I think this is a very fitting song to start off the album with. It starts mostly with percussion kind of in-your-face, which then slowly develops with more and more melodic layers as the song progresses. It definitely has the God is an Astronaut feel to it in terms of composition. Instead of a cathartic ending like some of their songs, this one actually ends with percussion again at the end. I think it evokes a feeling similar to "Post Morten" in their self-titled album (which I also love listening to).

2) Calistoga - The beginning of this song is a very abrupt change from the previous - much more heavy metal-esque. In contrast to the previous song, it also has a very obvious electronica feel to it, with electronically distorted voices making a prominent appearance in some parts. In my opinion the song has too much singing; whereas most other GIAA songs have singing but no words, I can at least the artists are singing something (though I don't know what) which was then distorted. The main guitar melody still sounds a little like GIAA's other songs, but I think the singing detracts from their strengths (which to me is their excellent weaving of melody and harmony). Also the same exact theme is reused in another song in the same album (Exit Dream), which is very disappointing (I'm not aware of any other instance where they so obviously reused the same theme).

3) Reverse World - For this song they revert back to a calm melody, again an abrupt change in pace and feel from the previous song. It starts with a nice synth piano melody, with percussion entering a little later. Again it is reminiscent of a lot of their previous work, with a more subdued feeling that slowly crescendos. There's more distorted singing that makes an appearance which really takes it away from the elegance of the melody. In fact it sounds like someone just auto-tuned their singing, it reminds me of Carl Sagan's voice autotuned (just search that on Youtube). The closest song I can find to this is "Snowfall" in their self-titled album.

4) Transmissions - This song is back to a more upbeat feel, with a lot of percussion and an emphasis on rhythm. It purportedly represents "transmissions" which in telecommunications are done in pulses, which is what a lot of the percussion does in the song. There isn't as much melody to this song, and not something that I would specifically want to listen to (I tend to be melody/harmony oriented).

5) Weightless - This song starts of with dissonance (reminds me of a ships' horn), and slowly phases in overtones and a slow melody appears. Eventually the song starts to have an ethereal feel to it, which is very fitting given the title. The theme is pretty simple, but with each repeat more layers are added. It is somewhat similar to "Coma" from their album "The End of the Beginning."

6) Exit Dream - The percussion plays a prominent role in the beginning, and the theme is quickly introduced. As mentioned earlier the theme is the same as in Calistoga, though the singing isn't as distorted. The percussion has a central role in keeping the song going. I personally don't like the melody, so by nature I don't like this song. Out of all of their songs where there is a strong theme, this is the one I dislike the most, and they used it in two of their songs in the same album.

7) Signal Rays - This song starts with a bass theme and percussion. Again more singing like Calistoga (strongly autotuned/distorted voices). The theme is OK, it doesn't play as prominent of a role, but the emphasis is more on the percussion anyway. Overall it's an OK song, and more or less in line with some of their other percussion-heavy songs.

8) Autumn Song - This one starts off quiet with synth piano, very gloomy, and nice melody to it. I get a picture of a desolate but peaceful landscape when listening to this one.

9) Spiral Code - Back to an upbeat rhythm on this one, with a lot of percussion as usual, and a decent melody. This one is mostly in line with their previous songs.

10) Strange Steps - The song starts off with a gloomy tone, and percussion that attempts to emulate what it's like to take steps through something unknown. Again a lot of voices, much more prominent than they have been in previous GIAA albums. A lot of the song has strong chords echoing, which is pretty similar other GIAA songs in the past.

11) Red Moon Lagoon - This song starts off with guitar, and lots of percussion use. In the background I can hear the same percussion rhythm as in "Transmissions" though it's very subtle. It then progresses to a more upbeat song with a decent melody.

12) Light Years from Home - This song is a little bit like the first song. If I were to be asked to identify the artist (without knowing it was GIAA a priori) then I wouldn't be able to guess it was them. The "Transmissions" percussion theme again makes its appearance in this song, which I'm not a big fan of (just my opinion).
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing! 17 Sep 2013
By Wackajuice - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
No good... All the other albums I would rate 4-5 stars, but this one was phoned in. It sounds like they've been hanging out in an electronic Hookah bar in each town they toured through. Someone must have had a child, gotten married, discovered the joy of a rescue dog...Way to happy and super-soft. Too produced and slick, the opening track sounds like the theme to a Friday night Lights spin-off show for MTV. Not a gloomy notion on this one, way too angelic & soaring. C'mon guys, yer' way better than this!
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