- Audio CD (3 Mar. 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Chemikal Underground Records
- ASIN: B000088EG5
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,714 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Sleep And Release CD
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Sleep and Release, the second album from beardy Scots avant-rockers Aereogramme, finds their titanic dynamic stretching into new realms of beautiful expansiveness. This band walk a somewhat dangerous path: melding dreamy symphonic rock into passages of brittle electronica and coruscating death-metal, Aereogramme make an excessively complex music that's saved only from the precipice of prog by its well-paced climaxes and genuinely emotive hooks. But it's the sensitive production that makes the sprawling complexity of Sleep And Release a joy.
Aerogramme have clearly taken a cue from the The Delgados, their Chemikal Underground label bosses: the glorious likes of "Black Path" and "Older" blossom with the kind of breathtaking sonic fullness that elevated albums like The Great Eastern to the status of minor indie-rock classics. If there's one irritation here, it's that a couple of tracks pay homage a little too explicitly: the thrumming bass-line of "Indiscretion # 243" so clearly apes the style of Kim Deal that you're virtually outraged on her behalf and the martial rhythms and sombre violin laments of the unnamed final track suggest more than a passing knowledge of the work of Godspeed You Black Emperor. Still, the final result is a powerful album that confirms the name Chemikal Underground as an enduring hallmark of quality.--Louis Pattison
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1)Indescretion #243: This kicks off the album nicely with a Pixies-esqye bassline soon giving way to jarring guitars in strange, mathy rhythms, which then calm down for singer/guitarist Craig B to sing the first verse. This is one of the heavier tracks from S&R, made especially notable for having a choir and church organ for the bridge, before the guitars come crashing in again. It finishes off with a spectral soundbite looped over sombre strings and organ.
2)The Black Path: Oddly for the 'gramme, this has an almost upbeat, christmassy feel until you hear the lyrics: "It's time to follow the black path/Come tomorrow you won't laugh", backed by just bass, piano and cello. This song is quite uncatgorisable, but is quite catchy with the build-up of voices at the end.
3)A Simple Process Of Eliminination: One of the quieter tracks. It sounds like a sort of a lo-fi drum'n'bass track, with some synthetic strings and a couple of guitar tracks quite low in the mix, and Craig B's pleading vocal:"Erase/Erase us/Erase this world" for emotional impact. It ends, like the first track, with string and organ, but this time the soundbite is of a disturbing phone message left on bassist Campbell's answerphone.
4)Older: This is a curious mix of rocking power, quirky electronic bleeps and bloops and various droning noises, making it one of the most interesting tracks on the record. It contains one of the heaviest moments on the CD, with Craig screaming instead of singing. It ends with static radio noise, a crazed evangelised voice-sample and some vicious drums giving it a desolate ending.Read more ›
If you have heard their first album 'Sleep & Release' this will come as no suprise, however their Flaming Lips with feet firmly on distortion pedals sound has been upped greatly, the quiet parts are more elegant and sweeping, and the loud parts well there much much louder, so loud in fact that at times they don't sound to disimilar to Eye Hate God.
This has been the main reason why people don't get Aereogramme how can you sound like Radiohead one second and Iron Monkey the next, well by being on of the most original and underated bands doing the rounds at the moment, thats how.
Put all preconceptions of how a band should sound to one side and give this album a go. You wont regret it.
The band at times sound like neil young and grandaddy and converge so thats a strange combination,they love melodic,ballady yet dreamy songs filled with cello,harp,piano,organ and violin and even introduce a choir for the album opener.The tempo is usually laid back sounding but lyrically the subjects can be dark and when they scream like the dogs of hell its always a surprise when in context of the song,so it is very subtle,they can be heavy but mainly this is an album that one can listen too anytime and be taken aback by its beauty and its tortured soul,great stuff.
I'm an old codger but I have to say that these guys are stirring my soup...
You won't be reading this review unless you are at least interested in this sort of music. If you aren't interested give them a go anyway! Listen to some tracks at amazon.com.
If you have any musical intelligence at all you will at least appreciate the incredibly brilliant and original drumming, the lyrical genius, the driving basslines and the contrast between beautiful melodys and bone crunchingly heavy rock. Other bands have tried to blend the two but usually too blatantly.
Buy this album. See them live if you get the chance.