Microcastle / Weird Era Continued
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New to 4AD, Atlanta-based Deerhunter are one of the most exciting new bands currently coming out of the States and with their stunning new album, Microcastle, they are
finally releasing music outside of their homeland.
*comes complete with second disc of bonus tracks
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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. Its only detraction is that is not a little more heavyweight, not quite punchy nor quirky enough to warrant the use of `classic'. The album like the sound is best summed up by being nine out of ten, but despite that missing tenth, what has been achieved is a joy to share - easy and rewarding listening therefore.
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