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terrific follow up to Rook,
This review is from: The Golden Archipelago (Audio CD)
This is a lovely album from start to finish. I came across this band after seeing Okkervil River in concert and liking them rather a lot. Shearwater, for those who don't know, are an offshoot of that band - a collaboration between Jonathan Meiburg and Will Sheff - ostensibly making 'quieter' music than the Okkervils. Though it's now just Meiburg without Sheff I believe.
I really like the way that this music builds. I must admit a fondness for lo-fi and this is hardly that. But the layering and production of this is lovely. The songs and the music are designed for precision engineering rather than being thrown out off the cuff. But if you want your music multi-layered and highly engineered it doesn't get much better than this. This is music that's been thought through - a lot. I see other reviewers have written about how this comes together so well as an album and I agree wholeheartedly. very well thought through. I know it's a cliche but there really are no 'filler' tracks here. Beautifully produced and Meiburg's voice hangs the songs together fabulously.
It's a shame in a way that this will no doubt be largely ignored by the music-buying public. A shame but give it a try yourself, well worth it.
Stand out track - 'Hidden Lake' (9/10)
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Initial post: 18 Sep 2010 16:56:31 BDT
Red on Black says:
Mike - Couldnt agree more I think Hidden Lakes is sublime. Have you seen this?
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2010 23:02:13 BDT
Mike J. Wheeler says:
I hadn't - thank you for that, truly beautiful. I'm going to play the album in the car tomorrow, I haven't listened to it for a couple of months now
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