Microcastle / Weird Era Cont. [VINYL]
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Vinyl LP pressing of the 2008 release from one of the most exciting new bands currently coming out of the U.S. Microcastle is the follow-up to the critically lauded Cryptograms and was recorded over the course of a week at the Rare Book Studios in Brooklyn, NY with studio proprietor Nicolas Verhes (Les Savy Fav, Silver Jews). Kranky.
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Microcastles has more of the Pixies/Pavement feel to it in songs like 'Never Stops' and 'Nothing Ever Happens' and sounds great on first listen, the melodies stick in your head like a blissful dream, and having bought this 2 months ago, i still play both CD's regularly, cant recommend it enough
There is a slightly sixties sensibility about the variety of instruments, and an openness to experiment in how the songs are put together. Wisely they have chosen to include a mix of tempos, so a few mid tempo numbers can be followed by something more urgent. Of the two albums, Microcastle is probably the stronger, but at this price, getting the pair is a no brainer. If you like this, then the EP Rainwater Cassette Exchange will also appeal.
Although not as edgy as some of the 4AD label roster, this is a well put together pair of records that are a pleasure to listen to.
The CD case is standard size, with a slightly fiddly fold out arrangement that lets you access the two CDs. I have uploaded a few photos, just in case it is a deal breaker for anyone.
Grandaddy's The Sophtware Slump is an immediate point of reference, as is The Shins entire catalogue. The tracks often seem to have an innate rhythm, and this is exacerbated in `Agoraphobia' by assonatic vocals, which elsewhere are gently distorted to further recall alt. heroes Grandaddy.
These influences point the album toward its natural hunting grounds of pop, but a dark shimmer lurks in the shadows that can only be accredited to the shoe-gazing fraternity, and it allows the album's insular qualities to appear. Also in the shadows, is Bradford Cox' tendency to embrace the musical anecdote, `Green Jacket' leaves the path well trodden and enters `aside' country. This murky domain of the interlude and skit, here hosts a mid-section of tracks, rather than songs, which make the album difficult to love yet compliment the whole seamlessly, the evocative spoken sample in `Saved By Old Times' seems irrelevant yet wholly congruous.
This understated record matures with each listen and repays dedicated relistening in full. As such, it is not an immediate album, which should serve as praise enough, as good records very rarely are.
Cox was a busy boy in 2008, first releasing Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel under the name of Atlas Sound, and this at the end of the year, and his output rightly garnered much positive attention.Read more ›
Deerhunter's third album has been much anticipated by the US indie media, after the plaudits received for Cryptograms, their previous 2007 album. Microcastles is, overall, worth the wait. Deerhunter are on Kranky in the US but licensed to 4AD in the UK and their music is frequently reminiscent of the sound of both labels; there are fuzzy ambient swathes but there is also a real hazy pop sensibility at work, particularly on 'Nothing Ever Happens' and 'Never Stop'. Comparisons with fellow 4AD alumni such as the Breeders, Ultra-Vivid Scene and even A.R.Kane are valid.
Although it's not mentioned in the Amazon blurb above, Microcastles was initially issued with (and may well still include) an entire bonus album, Weird Era Count. The story goes that, following the leaking of Microcastles onto the internet, the band wanted to reward those fans who purchased it upon release, so recorded Weird Era Count, which was itself subsequently leaked onto the 'net. The bonus disc is impressive; not your usual collection of out-takes and unfinished ideas from the studio floor (In Rainbows CD2 anyone?).
For those wanting to hear more, the 4AD site is at the time of writing (December 2008) offering a free MP3 of album highlight 'Nothing Ever Happens'.Read more ›
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Don't read the 2 star reviews.... This is one of the greatest albums that 4AD has ever released. Hypnotic and pop tastic, like a cross breed of the flaming lips greatest moments... Read morePublished 3 days ago by ShakeAppeal
Reminiscent of the music on those countless insipid adverts that we're being bombarded with... Halifax, Orange, Volvo - they're all at it. Read morePublished on 2 Oct. 2009 by Merlin Beard
Take this review as a very personal point of view. I don't generally like writing negative reviews, but when a record is over-over-over-hyped it's good to have someone with a... Read morePublished on 17 April 2009 by DBS72