Now Here Is Nowhere [VINYL]
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Now Here Is Nowhere comes a full three years after Secret Machines first made waves in the music scene with their mini-LP September 000, and the progression they've made in that time is enormous. On this, their full-length debut, this three-piece (brothers Brandon and Benjamin Curtis and drummer Josh Garza) work to an epic scale--album opener "First Wave Intact" is a full nine-minute psychedelic prog wig-out--conveying a sense of space that could only come from America. It's this expansiveness that defines their sound, placing them comfortably alongside bands like the Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev.
"Nowhere Again" has a driving rhythm that propels the song with a frantic energy, while guitar feedback squalls loop behind Brandon Curtis's cracked, Neil Young-esque vocals, the whole thing building towards a crescendo that's ready made for an outdoor festival. It's a highlight, sure, but Now Here Is Nowhere is an album full of them: from the singalong chorus of "The Road Leads Where It's Led" to the keyboard and drum-led "Sad and Lonely". Occasionally, as on "The Leaves Are Gone", they get too blissed-out, so that the song ends before anything has actually happened, while "You Are Chains" takes a full three minutes to get started. Generally, though, Now Here Is Nowhere hits the mark. And you can't help but admire a band confident enough to include a reprise at the end of their album. --Robert Burrow
Top Customer Reviews
A lot of people have compared this band to the Flaming Lips, and certainly, on track 3, Leaves Are Gone, you can hear their influence. But Secret Machines is a totally different beast. Brandon Curtis's vocals are much more refined, and the different layers which make up the songs seem to hold together much better.
For me 'Now Here is Nowhere' works best as a whole, listened to from start to finish. There are no stand-out tracks, it's just a stand-out album.
The songs range from spectacular to achingly lovely.
The vocals are beautiful when the singer drifts to the high notes in the choruses, the lyrics are intracately crafted and everything is driven by unstoppable drums.
The music demands to be listened to- some of the finest moments come when your deep into the longest tracks.
There's no point trying to keep them secret, these guys are going to be huge. Enjoy.
'First Wave Intact' is a nine minute space rock (almost) singalong epic.
'Sad and Lonely' combines good singing with great tunes, and results in a brilliant song.
'Leaves are gone' is probably the worst on the album (still great though). It works best if you listen to the album as a whole.
'Nowhere again' is driven by a fantastic tune and juxtaposes well with the chilled 'leaves are gone'.
'Road leads where it's lead' has a great chorus and highlights how great the secret machines actually are.
'Pharaoh's Daughter' is excellent Pink floyd style space rock.
'You are Chains' is piano driven, and slowly builds until it becomes something amazing.
'Light's On' is the most commercial song on the album, yet still bears the distinct mark of the secret machines, and as a result is beyond excellent.
'Now here is Nowhere' can be summed up in two words: Epic, fantastic.
In other words, buy this album. It is impossible to pick highlights from it, as all the songs are just so good. Support the secret machines. Buy this fantastic record.
The reason I love this album so much IS the so called "Rod, Jane and Freddie" melodies sprinkled through out, something which fans of Grandaddy will adore. But these guys are way more searing in the execution of their clever chord progressions than the boys from Modesto, CA.
I will concede the lyrics are a little self-absorbed and in some cases non-sensical but they sure as hell beat rhyming "walk" with "talk" and slavering on about "living your life".
If you fancy hearing what the Alt. Country boys would sound like if they all woke up drunk in the early seventies then buy this album now, you will not be disappointed.
The bottom line is these guys really "rock".
A shot-gun critique of the best album of last year by a mile.
Muse meet Mecury Rev and give birth to a mutant punk floyd.
A 'Dark Side Of The Moon' for the 21st century.
Pink Floyds classic, Joy Divisions 'Unknown Pleasures' and 'Now Here Is Nowhere' three seminal albums that you can play anytime, day or night and lose yourself in the music. Otherworldly vocals over booming bass, delicate piano riffs and drums that roll like thunder.
To be played loud or not at all.
This album will sound as fresh in thirty years as the very first time you heard it.
The album kicks off with 'First Wave Intact', a song that is reminiscent of Radiohead's 'Air Bag'. Driven by Josh Garza's relentless percussion, this is a fine, epic opener, ending with a sonic blitzkrieg (why is it that trios seem to make more noise than bands with more members?). It pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the album, although there are a few slower tracks to allow pause for breath. Closing with the title track, the album finishes as it began, although the intro to this track features multi-layered vocals before the massive crescendo pf the finale.
Overall, this may well prove to be one of my favourite albums of this year. I look forward to more Secret Machine albums with relish.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent item as described. Prompt dispatch, safe and sound. Top marks.Published 7 months ago by P. F. Tracgransglaws
Awesome band. I got the 2nd and 3rd album before this one so I was playing catch up with this one. The main feature on this record really are the big drum beats which are a big... Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2009 by Mr. A. Garner
Psychedelia is ill-served in the modern age. Oasis' spiralling conclusion to 'Rock 'n' Roll Star' and the Coral both make their cases for psychedelia, but other than that there... Read morePublished on 9 July 2006 by Gizzark Henry
Following the mini-LP/EP 'September 000', Secret Machines' debut-proper 'Now Here is Nowhere' advances on the promise there. Read morePublished on 23 April 2006 by Jason Parkes
Very much in the spirit of bands such as Can and Faust and Neu!. Hypnotic, drone-like sounds with thunderous drones and cryptic lyrics... Read morePublished on 6 Aug. 2005 by Elliot Davies
This album is pure genius from start top finish, and doesn't let up for a single second, even the pauses in between the songs are amazing. Read morePublished on 13 April 2005 by Matthew Owen
this is the most beautiful and acomplished album i have heard since the likes of spiritualized's "ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space" and massive attacks "mezzanine",... Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2005 by Psychedelic Spaceman
I'd heard 'Nowhere Again' on MTV2, and thought the album could deliver, but it wasn't until I listened to 'First Wave Intact', a 9 minute sonic boom of prog sound, that I fully... Read morePublished on 22 Jan. 2005 by Will Humphrey
This record never seems to end. That is its beauty. You listen to it several times and it will stick in your head, but will never annoy you. Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2004