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Ascent
Ascent
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5.0 out of 5 stars West Coast Psych Rock Hits the Mark, 11 Nov. 2012
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Waswasa kicks off Ascent by Six Organs of Admittance and its a complete guitar whig-out with the occasional booming sound which might be someone speaking, but if you had to put money on it, you would guess it is the sound the Easter Island Statues might emit if they ever ventured to speak. So starts a psychedelic, transcendental trip to the outer limits of the space-time continuum, in which there is solace coupled with the feeling that you are very small. Great album. As it says on the CD cover play loudly!


Brighten the Corners: Nicene Creedance Edition
Brighten the Corners: Nicene Creedance Edition
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pavement's Infinite Spark, 11 Nov. 2012
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Brighten the Corners possesses cool cover with art which reminds me of Ka-Zar (a sort of land that time forgot pre-historic Tarzan with a sabre-toothed tiger as his best friend) one of my favourite Marvel comic book characters of my childhood. Three songs, which occur at the start, mid and end point of the album define this album for me.
o Stereo kicks off the album and references Geddy Lee and from there on in catapults me back to the late 70s when I was immersed in prog rock, and to the first album I really loved, the space opera 2112, which was seldom off my stereo.
o Type Slowly starts with you waking up with shafts of sunlight coming through the window, and lyrics which paint a surreal half dream, half-conscious state, before gently stating its quiet manifesto of resistance in the urge to type slowly.
o From the initial dead man walking drum roll every note of Fin contributes to a growing sense of melancholy & resignation, even has it diverts along the line of a Shawshank Redemption-like escape, and then the song finds release in the form of a beautiful, fractured guitar solo which goes somewhere cosmic before leaving you behind in a reference to its alternative track title, Infinite Spark.

My re-introduction, following a long absence, to Pavement. Also my favourite Pavement album!


Real Emotional Trash
Real Emotional Trash
Price: £11.29

5.0 out of 5 stars The Jicks' Nostalgic Classic, 11 Nov. 2012
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Real Emotional Trash possesses a cool cover with a tiny yellow bird, which, although tiny, always reminds me of Big Bird and my childhood watching Sesame Street. There begins Malkmus & the Jicks' lo-fi perspective on the classic rock of the 70s. At its very heart the album contains a perfect triplet of songs.

Cold Son says everything you need to know about Malkmus's genius with a lyric, when he just throws away the line, table bottom gum just holding it together, and in doing so instantly summons up a universal feeling.

Real Emotional Trash narrates, over a ten minute guitar masterclass, a mid-life crisis induced, Kerouac inspired, road-trip in which you cycle through a gentle dinner date with the wife before lurching wildly into to a breakneck drive south of the border prior to pulling up on your driveway with only your bed and a long lie in on your mind.

Out of Reaches is my favourite song by Malkmus for so many reasons, but mainly because of the way he marries the words the voltage was the best thing that I ever knew to a perfect fuzzed-out, trembling guitar line evoking the tragedy of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

A guitar album to cherish with lots of psych twists


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