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unlike anything else,
This review is from: Glow Pt. 2 (Audio CD)
If you like your music slick and shiny then I advise to leave this album alone, if you like music with imperfections and lo-fi then you are in for a treat with The Glow pt.2, not because it is lo-fi but because it contains some of the most fascinating recordings I have heard.
A large part of the album is just acoustic guitar and vocals ("I want a wind to blow", "I'll not contain you" etc.), but The Microphones (which is basically just Phil Elvrum) also use trembling piano, highly distorted drums and steel drums to great effect during the course of 18 tracks. Rather than having a verse/chorus/verse/chorus structure, songs tend to develop a theme and then lurch to a completely new theme halfway through, often with the new section having a completely new arrangment and feel to the previous one.
The instruments are multitracked in such a way that Elvrum will play a disjointed strumming pattern on one track and then play the missing chords on a seperate track which gives a disjointed and syncopated quality to the rhythms. The record is frequently soft and beautiful and is prone to explode in a quagmire of crashing drums and heavy garage distortion but the core of the writing is underpinned by a strong indie-pop sensibility. All the tracks feel as if they have a sense of ghostliness and sporadic breaks of reverb-drenched piano and Elvrum's wavering vocal help enforce this.
The Glow Pt.2 is a musical feast.