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A million influences all under one roof,
This review is from: Dusk at Cubist Castle (Audio CD)
I was listening to this again last night and, as usual, it absolutely blew my mind.
There are moments within "Dusk at Cubist Castle" that are so mesmerising, so enchanting, so totally perfect as to leave much of the rest of the pop music ouvre utterly redundant.
For fans of the US' lo-fi scene this album ticks all the right boxes, but it goes further, drawing on a massive range of influences from folk to ambient to the feedback and white noise of shoegazing. Some of the harmonies are breathtaking. For fans of anyone from the Beach Boys to Sebadoh to Sonic Youth, you'll love this album!
I'm not sure whether it's to the albums' benefit or detriment that many its finest moments aren't fully formed. A chorus here, a verse there, a harmony here and a guitar solo there; like a shooting star they appear from nowhere and soon fade from whence they came. Actually, I think it's probably to the albums' benefit, although I'm not sure about some of the Green Typewriters pieces - certainly the 7 or so minutes of what sounds like a tap left to drip with a radiator buzzing in the background! Having said that, it does leave you with a heightened sense of anticipation which isn't dissapointed by the magnificent 2 minute blues rock guitar jam which follows.
My favourite moments all have a fairly distinct but similar sound. I think it's exactly what the Beatles would have sounded like during their later "psychedelic" era had they been a band of the 90's, not the 60's.
Well, the Beatles experimentation and pop-writing class but without the thinly veiled smug self-satisfaction poorly disguised as "quirkiness" that laminates so much of their later work.
So then, it's better than the Beatles?! Well, certainly in moments. And compliments don't come much greater than that!