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Why There Are Mountains

Cymbals Eat Guitars Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Memphis Industries
  • ASIN: B002KSATTW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,963 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

During his time with The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed often espoused the theory that “cymbals eat guitars” during mixing - hence that band's sparing use of percussion on their recordings. And thus, some years later, that sentiment provided another New York quartet (comprising old school-friends Joseph D'Agostino, Matthew Miller, Neil Berenholz and Brian Hamilton) with a name.

Cymbals Eat Guitars, though, draw more influence from American bands of the 90s (principally Dinosaur Jr's searing guitars and Pavement's dynamics) and 00s (Deerhunter, Modest Mouse) than the swinging 60s. That they never fall short of any of these lofty references is testament to the strength of Why There Are Mountains, an initially self-released debut that's now been given full UK distribution by Memphis Industries.

Those influences notwithstanding, distortion is just one element of the band's sound. Sensitive use of piano, strings and horns adds a depth and variety to the songs – it's no surprise to learn songwriter D'Agostino is a big fan of Canadian ensemble Arcade Fire – but it's not only their ability to mix up the loud with the quiet that elevates them above many of their similarly-minded peers. Rather, it's the way their songs evolve and mutate in a natural, fluid fashion, the distinction between such passages subtle and effortless.

That said, there are moments of genuine, ecstatic release here. Expansive opener And the Hazy Sea reaches some particularly noisy peaks, while Some Trees (Merritt Moon) takes the quiet-loud-LOUD route over the course of its energetic two-minute tenure. The closest they get to anything approaching generic college-rock is early composition Living North – paradoxically, though, the record's simplest moment is also one of its most gratifying.

In a year of auspicious debuts from much-vaunted American acts like Girls, Japandroids and Wavves, Why There Are Mountains sounds more like a slow-burning statement of intent than an immediate splash; the work of a young band happy to take their time to produce something special rather than capitalise on temporary acclaim. It's an approach that'll serve them well, and one that suggests album number two could be something very special indeed. --Rob Webb

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4.0 out of 5 stars pavement or side-walk? 3 Jan 2010
By K. Box
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When I read a review of this album elsewhere it likened this band to Pavement, one of my all time favourite bands, so I was looking forward to hearing it in it's entirety, rather then the snippets I'd heard. Overall I was pleasantly surprised that there were similarities to the aforesaid Pavement. Both bands rely on the quiet then loud type of arrangement quite a lot, both bands have a melodic yet slightly manic feel to some of their tunes,both bands have vocalists who'll sing straight and then go slightly bonkers for a bit, usually in the chorus. So, similar, but,fortunately different.If you've missed Pavement, try this - although Pavement have actually decided to reform. If you can't wait for Pavement's new stuff, you'll probably enjoy this more youthful sound. For a relatively new outfit they sound as though they've plying their trade for some time.It's not perfect, but it is a perfectly respectable first album and I'm looking forward to hearing what they'll come up with next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pavement-esque? Doesn't do them justice 25 Oct 2010
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I'm sure the comparisons to Pavement probably grate on the band somewhat but it's undeniable that there is at least homage being paid to those 90s lo-fi popsters par excellence. If, like me, you missed Pavement the the first time around and are looking for a suitable replacement for that hole in your musical life, then "Cymbals Eat Guitars" are surely worthy of the title, although that's only half the story. I also happen to see echoes of Minnesota's finest the Replacements, in terms of the heart-on-sleeve emotion of the lyrics and singing style.

Bombastic opener "...and the Hazy Sea" announces it's presence with a dreamy, joyous wordless chorus, before dropping back to a sedate/crazy, stop-start, quiet/loud aesthetic, showcasing lead vocalist Joseph D'Agostino's impassioned half-spoken, half-sung delivery. Other album highlights include the jaunty "Wind Phoenix", double-tempo'd frantic rocker "Some Trees(Merrit Moon)" and the drone-y "Shared", complete with brass accompaniment.

All in all, a sterling debut from a band at the very beginning of their careers. The album is chock-full of the sort of exuberance that can only come from very youthful bands (no doubt a few years of grinding tours will put paid to that all to quickly) but there's also a maturity prevalent throughout in terms of song-craft and writing which can only get improve with age and experience. I look forward to new recordings in the near future. Highly Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I head them first! 14 Feb 2009
By HeyG - Published on Amazon.com
Excellent debut by this young group of alt-indie rockers. Sounds remind you of a cross between early Pavement with a mix of early Modest Mouse and their own blend of original songs, lyrics and other instruments leave you wanting more than the nine songs on this album. As 2009 looks to be a great year for music, this one is already near the top. I look forward to seeing them live.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Off-center but intruiging debut album 28 Dec 2009
By Paul Allaer - Published on Amazon.com
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New York-based indie-band Cymbals Eat Guitars (what a great band name!) was formed only last year by singer-songwriter Jason D'Agostino, and already the band is making quite a name for itself. The first song release by the band, "Share" (2008), created an immediate critical buzz, and the band hasn't looked back since. This is their (independently released and self-produced) debut album.

"Why There Are Mountains" (9 tracks; 45 min.) brings a a delicious, off-center, take on indie rock. Modest Mouse and Pavement/Stephen Malkmus have been mentioned most frequently when describing the sounds of CEG, and I can certainly see certain elements of that, in particular the Malkmus post-Pavement output. Opener "...And the Hazy Sea" is my favorite track on here, an epic 6+ min. roller-coaster between instrumental passages, soft interludes and howling parts. Other highlights include "Indiana", the earlier-mentioned "Share" (another 7+ min. epic), and the dreamy "What Dogs See". The short "Living North" is the most conventional song on here. In all, this album is quite pleasant from start to finish, and at 45 min. it clips by in no time.

I was supposed to see CEG in concert for the first time a few months ago in September at the Monolith music festival at the Red Rocks near Denver. Alas, the interest in the band was so fierce that I couldn't even get into the auditorium where they were performing, a major disappointment for me. Finally, if you wonder where you can hear these guys, check out WOXY (BAM! The Future of Rock and Roll), the internet-only station that brings the best indie-music in the country, bar none. Meanwhile, "Why There Are Mountains" is an intruiging debut album and I can't wait to see where Cymbas Eat Guitars go from here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 27 Oct 2009
By A. Marshall - Published on Amazon.com
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This band was introduced to me by a friend, and as soon as i heard "...and the Hazy Sea", I was interested. Vocals are reminiscent of early Modest Mouse and Joan of Arc. Their sound is rich and layered, upbeat yet mellow, simplistic and intricate, and doesn't sound over produced. Highlights include: ..."and the Hazy Sea, Some Trees, Indiana, Wind Phoenix, and Living North". This is one of those bands that gets you excited about music again. highly recommanded!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An ambitious debut album! 11 Oct 2009
By Magmar - Published on Amazon.com
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Tremendous music and lyrics for a band so young. Each song can stand alone yet their true beauty is in the entire body of work as a whole. Listening to the album from first song to last is as if I am listening to someone's personal story. Amazing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars new band is really good. 18 Mar 2009
By Hardcoreness - Published on Amazon.com
I just found out about this band yesterday and this is definitely one of my favorite albums of 2009 thus far.
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