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1. Lunar One
2. Burn the Fruit
4. Andromedan Dream Of An Octaroon (Corker Conboy Mix)
5. Constellation (Roger O'Donnell Mix)
Seventeen Evergreen are singers, multi-instrumentalists, &
most importantly storytellers of imagination & super-reality. Together
Caleb Pate & Nephi Evans exude an organic electronic/rock hybrid, kite
flying amongst sonic sorcerers Boards Of Canada, MBV, early Pink Floyd and
the ubiquitous Pavement. As lead singer Caleb puts it, "We're interested in
expressing an Eno-esque nostalgia for the future, a message of escapist
optimism amidst technological and financial meltdown, and a disappointment
in humanity near and far."
Lead track, 'Lunar One' is a haunting adventure of constant cosmos
fascination, with our traveler leading a determined mission for
advancement, "I'm comin' up on you, there's not a thing that you can do..."
'Lunar One' explores the loneliness, as well as the heroism, of space
exploration & earthly escapism. New tracks 'Burn The Fruit' & 'Atlas'
further throw the spotlight on the range of their repertoire. The former
pits Steve Reich in an imaginary jam with Talking Heads whilst Hot Chip,
Giorgio Moroder and the aforementioned Eno fight, superhero gloves off,
over the mixing desk. You'll certainly feel a more delicate acoustic edge
from the latter, a psychedelic ballad set to a dreamscape while paying
tribute to a tired and weary Greek titan.
In addition the inclusion of remixes of album tracks offer up more
surprises. Corker Conboy add extra spine-tingle to album closer,
'Andromedan Dreams Of An Octaroon', with strings from Ninja signed Coldcut
collaborator John Mathias who wrote and played strings for Radiohead's
beyond-classic 'The Bends.' Corker Conboy themselves have scored success,
soundtracking director Antonia Bird's Emmy-nominated 9/11 docudrama, 'The
Hamburg Cell.' Finally, the man who made The Cure's keyboards extra-Gothic,
Roger O'Donnell, lends further outer-space to 'Constellation', with his
unique floating gossamer sounds!
"Lunar One", the pastoral title track of their forthcoming EP,
could be Radiohead's "High And Dry" for the new millennium
-- The Independent, June 15, 2007
This five-track taster for the forthcoming Life Embarrasses Me On
Planet Earth album is about as perfect a small-scale project as will be
heard all year. 5/5 -- The Independent, June 29, 2007
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13 July 2007
This five-track taster for the forthcoming Life Embarrasses Me On Planet Earth album is about as perfect a small-scale project as will be heard all year, suggesting that the San Francisco-based duo of Caleb Pate and Nephi Evans may be about to follow in the footsteps of such previous indie-oddball crossovers as Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips and Midlake. Which is odd, given that their lush electronica-based songs have more in common with the likes of Matmos and Boards Of Canada. A sci-fi concept mini-album, it includes disconcertingly blithe warnings about alien invasion, via the ethereal synth arpeggios of "Constellation" ("They will try to pollute your mind") and the puttering marimba and cyclical vocal rounds of "Burn The Fruit" ("They'll evaporate the masses"), and a pastoral Pink Floyd-style tribute to "Atlas" ("He stays awake, hoping his arms won't break"). The title-track, however, best embodies their aim of evoking Eno's notion of "nostalgia for the future", its rumination on the mystery and solitude of space travel coming across like a weightless, furtive extension to Bowie's "Space Oddity".