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What Makes Us Glow

Psapp Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The state51 Conspiracy
  • ASIN: B00F8B5MFO
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,785 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Life Hums
2. Wet Salt
3. The Cruel, the Kind and the Bad
4. Seven
5. That's the Spirit
6. In the Black
7. Everything Belongs to the Sun
8. Bone Marrow
9. Your Hot Knife
10. The Well and the Wall
11. What Makes Us Glow
12. In and Out

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What Makes Us Glow is Psapp s fourth full-length record and is released through The state51 Conspiracy on November 11th.

What Makes Us Glow is a vast hypercolour psychedelic whirl of an album, with intricate orchestration, layered vocals and a pioneering spirit. These songs thrum, buzz and glow.

Orchestrated with home built instruments, What Makes Us Glow is bursting with swampy drones of recorded ambience and plenty of raw sounds - Psapp relish in combining unusual musical elements (this record includes Galia s rhythmic snores, boxes of writhing mealworms, their homemade boneaphone - a marimba made from bones - and the groans of milk-laden cows) alongside the more standard instruments: piano, violin, oud and organs.

Lyrically it is an exercise in emotional stocktaking. These are songs of attachment, detachment and the slow realisation of what is essential. This is not the sound of a band finding their way; it is the sound of band having arrived at their destination. There is a powerful sense that they are in full control of their sound and revelling in the possibilities.

Some bands disappear, either dissolving into a mess of acrimony or slowly drifting apart as life tugs them in different directions but for Psapp, the pull to continue creating together conquered distance and all the complications of being alive. The inherent joy of being together and creating magic little songs still shines through.

Psapp are eternally glued together whether they like it or not.

About the Artist

Comprised of feline wielding troubadours Carim Clasmann and Galia Durant, Psapp met 12 years ago in a basement filled with plastic fish, compressors and elderly cushions and have been making music ever since.  What Makes Us Glow is Psapp s fourth full-length record.


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Format:Audio CD
Put on in the background, Psapp’s latest and fourth studio album What Makes Us Glow chimes through the din of everyday life like a bright light in the big, dark ol’ world. To call it a beacon is an understatement. It’s soft, beautiful, indulgent and at times as vibrant as music can be. Whether this vibrancy is too much for focused listening is another question.

Psapp have long been an act who don't function like other bands. For those unaware, the duo’s early material revolves around cat-funnies, and documents a love of the feline species established long before Tumblr even existed. Oddity echoes throughout their career; often presenting in the form of a peculiar theme, and always making an impact on their sound. On Psapp's What Makes Us Glow, singer Galia Durant reigns back on the outright bizarre, but nevertheless manages to instill an image of humanity struggling through a jungle of foes, frenemies and adoptive parents. Sometimes, as is the case with “In the Black”, that description is quite literal.

The overriding sound of Psapp's What Makes Us Glow is an acquired taste, as the band have always been. Standout songs like “The Cruel, The Kind and the Bad” wash through the thick treacle of the duo’s chosen style. Others simply succumb to the chitter chatter of xylophone and trumpet. In the past, Psapp have bordered dangerously close to elevator music. Happily What Makes Us Glow avoids that description entirely – strangely making it their most commercial record to date - but it’s still a little bit too repetitive and laidback at times. Many listeners will undoubtedly hunger for more bite and less lick.

For everyone else, What Makes Us Glow is a gorgeous slice of Psapp at their best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Escape into fantasy worlds 24 Nov 2013
Format:Audio CD
It was great to hear Psapp were back with their first album since 2008's The Camel's Back. The tracks and sounds on the album signal that some things have changed, but fundamentally their style is as loveable as before.

It's quite a short album at 40 minutes, but this has been the standard length of their previous full releases. The twelve tracks have the feeling of being hand crafted and specially selected to entertain.

Some of the standout tracks for me were the single Wet Salt which is lively and bouncy and features one of their favourite electronic organs, the philicorda. The Cruel, The Kind, The Bad is about escaping a relationship but deals with it in an optimistic way as it swings around in a fairground-style with an old trumpet playing in the background. In the Black is great with its faster tempo, folky influences, banjo playing and showcasing Galia Durant's beautiful voice exploring a poignant story. In Your Hot Knife there are lots of electronic touches, soft fuzzy noises, repeated sounds, distortions and the pleasant ring of a bicycle bell.

Their use of found sounds and inventive, unusual instruments are pleasing to hear. The themes are sometimes darker, but the mellow electronic organs and layered melodies make the experience otherworldly and brings a smile to your face. It is an excellent follow up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 July 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
it is so nice!
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3.0 out of 5 stars For Psapp lovers only ! 28 Dec 2013
By Gomez knows all - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you like Psapp, this is worth buying.
Although it's not as good as their 3 pervious albums !!!
That's all. Short and sweet !!!
4.0 out of 5 stars This Makes Me Happy 12 Aug 2014
By James D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have listened to Psapp for years, I consider myself a more die-hard fan. Psapp's latest album doesn't really go anywhere new, but I am very satisfied with it. Aside from a few standout tracks in Psapp's overall discography, most of the time Psapp's sound is like a storybook: it is a slow-burn that will become part of you after months and years. This album is no exception; on my first listen I thought "Wow, this isn't anything special," but after a few more listens it finally "clicked." This is the background to a happy story book, and it provides as much ambiance as ambient music does.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Yep. It's OK. 3 Jan 2014
By E. Hopson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I love Psapp. Love love. This album has a fun spirit throughout.. with a few special songs.. but overall it just doesn't have as much standout amazing stuff as previous albums. I wanted so much more magic and effort to make funky fun fun fun meows. Perhaps this is a bit overproduced? Not enough to grab onto and love. This made me a bit sad. But at least they're making musics again! YAY BUY IT BECAUSE IT IS PSAPPY.
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