Shearwater - The Golden Archipelago

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Golden Archipelago is the new album by Shearwater to be released on Matador Records on February 23, 2010. The first 10,000 CDs come packaged with a 50-page perfect-bound book of dossier of records, photos, regulations, and images on islands, displaced peoples, immigration records and more.

Track Listings:

1. Meridian
2. Black Eyes
3. Landscape at Speed
4. Hidden Lakes
5. Corridors
6. God Made Me
7. Runners of the Sun
8. Castaways
9. An Insular Life
10. Uniforms
11. Missing Islands

Bee OK, Monday, 11 January 2010 03:49 (6 years ago) Permalink

and it has now leaked, getting now.

Bee OK, Monday, 11 January 2010 03:50 (6 years ago) Permalink

Who needs Stereogum when we've got Bee OK?

you gone float up with it (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 11 January 2010 03:50 (6 years ago) Permalink

Bee OK is awesome imo. These album-oriented threads are great to read.

Having said that, I never understood the enthusiasm for Shearwater.

Daniel, Esq., Monday, 11 January 2010 03:52 (6 years ago) Permalink

haha

xpost

just trying to do my little thing to add to this amazing board!

Bee OK, Monday, 11 January 2010 03:54 (6 years ago) Permalink

I really like the other two shearwater albums but they haven't stuck with me the way I'd thought they would when I first heard them; but this is kind of true of lots of things this day, so I'm not sure it's the fault of the records or my terrible attention span.

akm, Monday, 11 January 2010 03:59 (6 years ago) Permalink

It's like, they felt important, but then wound up not being very important, personally.

akm, Monday, 11 January 2010 04:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

There are individual songs I love on each of their other albums, but tbh a lot of the songs kinda wash over me and don't leave much of an impact.

I was just giving Bee OK some shit, it seems like 99% of his posts involve album tracklists or leak notifications.

(xpost - akm otm)

you gone float up with it (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 11 January 2010 04:02 (6 years ago) Permalink

bee's a she!

o and i liked 'rook' a lot although if 'the snow leopard' and 'century eyes' were my fave trax i prob don't 'get' this band very well - looking frwd to this nonetheless

Inspiration for the sex robot sprang from the September 11 attacks (acoleuthic), Monday, 11 January 2010 04:04 (6 years ago) Permalink

Oh shit, I didn't know that. Sorry Bee! I'm just making a huge ass out of myself tonight.

you gone float up with it (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 11 January 2010 04:05 (6 years ago) Permalink

no. i'm not.

Bee OK, Monday, 11 January 2010 04:06 (6 years ago) Permalink

xpost

Bee OK, Monday, 11 January 2010 04:06 (6 years ago) Permalink

"rooks" is one my fave albums of the last coupla years tbqf

Lamp, Monday, 11 January 2010 04:06 (6 years ago) Permalink

am i thinking of dee the lurker? i always end up making an ass out of myself more than anyone else so it's cool

Inspiration for the sex robot sprang from the September 11 attacks (acoleuthic), Monday, 11 January 2010 04:06 (6 years ago) Permalink

i have a feeling I should see them live and then I'd love them more.

akm, Monday, 11 January 2010 04:13 (6 years ago) Permalink

a thousand sorries, obviously. i am excited to hear your verdict on this album! is it even more hollistastic than before? are the lyrics cribbed from ursula leguin? we must know.

Inspiration for the sex robot sprang from the September 11 attacks (acoleuthic), Monday, 11 January 2010 04:33 (6 years ago) Permalink

AKM OTM. Not sure at all what I make of that cover. I look forward to this, just not, like, massively. It'll be good, and nice, and feel great for about four months.

exploding angel vagina (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 11 January 2010 10:01 (6 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

so?

Zeno, Sunday, 21 February 2010 18:03 (6 years ago) Permalink

Not really listened to it, to be honest. So much other stuff that this has got a little lost.

No, YOU'RE a disgusting savage (Scik Mouthy), Sunday, 21 February 2010 18:23 (6 years ago) Permalink

i tried. once again, couldn't get into shearwater.

Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 21 February 2010 18:27 (6 years ago) Permalink

listening now:
more of the same (more or less).

Zeno, Sunday, 21 February 2010 18:42 (6 years ago) Permalink

I've been listening to "Castaways" for months, and really looking forward to the whole thing. "More of the same" would be fine with me: they've been getting better at that thing with each album.

glenn mcdonald, Monday, 22 February 2010 02:31 (6 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Sub Pop is proud to present Shearwater's Animal Joy, our first album by the band and their eighth overall. Led by Jonathan Meiburg, and featuring drummer Thor Harris, and bassist Kimberly Burke, Shearwater has been a favorite at Sub Pop HQ for years. On Animal Joy, Meiburg ditches the expansive approach of his recent records particularly the epic trilogy of Palo Santo, Rook and The Golden Archipelago to create a record that seems shockingly direct, immediate and intensely personal. He's no stranger to lush, crafted recordings, but this one sounds like no prior Shearwater incarnation.

Bee OK, Thursday, 16 February 2012 22:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

i had no idea that a new album was out this week, going to have to seek this one out. hope it's on Spotify.

Bee OK, Thursday, 16 February 2012 22:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

Its going to be interesting to see how this new one holds up. Its a lot more immediate than their previous stuff, I'm used to it taking 3 or 4 listens before their stuff really starts to sink in.

Gonjasufjanstephen O'Malley (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 17:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

this album (the new one, not Archipelago) is really awesome and kinda cheezy. love all the huge booming drums and harp flourishes. weirdly enough, they still sound a lot like Talk Talk; but the reference point has shifted from Spirit of Eden back to Colour of Spring. "I Believe in You" + "Happiness Is Easy" = "Believing Makes It Easy"???

PS album cover is hideous, in an utterly charming way

Despite all my cheek, I am still just a freak on a leash (bernard snowy), Saturday, 9 June 2012 16:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

fav songs = "Pushing the River" & the "You As You Were"/"Insolence"/"Immaculate" sequence. everything before "You As You Were" is good but frequently skipped

Despite all my cheek, I am still just a freak on a leash (bernard snowy), Saturday, 9 June 2012 16:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

i just kinda remembered that this album (the new one) existed last week and gave it a listen. it's p good!

call all destroyer, Saturday, 9 June 2012 17:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

has anyone listened to this years Fellow Travelers album? we haven't talked about it yet but also know it's brand new.

Bee OK, Wednesday, 11 December 2013 03:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

OK so I'm seeing them tonight. Been on a real Shearwater kick lately but the new one hasn't really done anything for me with the exception of the one original song on it, "A Wake for the Minotaur". Why do bands do albums of covers, I wonder. Anyway, I can't get enough of Rook, The Golden Archipelago and especially Animal Joy at the moment. As a massive Okkervil River fan I used to think that Sheff was the more creative half of their former partnership, but the last OR album was a bit so-so and now I think Meiburg is at least as good a songwriter as him if not better.

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 15:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

New album Jet Plane and Oxbow on the way, not really feeling the first track off it I have to say:

schlep and back trio (anagram), Tuesday, 20 October 2015 14:28 (6 months ago) Permalink

cover looks like a Muse record, intro sounds like an Editors record. :)

enjoyed their covers album though :)

Ludo, Tuesday, 20 October 2015 14:38 (6 months ago) Permalink

haven't listened to them in a while but I don't mind the single, and the involvement of Brian Reitzell is intriguing.

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Tuesday, 20 October 2015 15:08 (6 months ago) Permalink

This sucks, get back to ripping off Talk Talk you feebs

MaresNest, Tuesday, 20 October 2015 16:14 (6 months ago) Permalink

I agree this sucks but Shearwater have never been Talk Talk ripoffs.

schlep and back trio (anagram), Tuesday, 20 October 2015 20:09 (6 months ago) Permalink

Just for my reference, which record is closest to a talk talk ripoff? So I can buy it

banned on ixlor (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 20 October 2015 22:13 (6 months ago) Permalink

some hideous amalgamation of Palo Santo, Rook, and Golden Archipelago which discards all of the uptempo tracks -- first of those three has the most consistently Hollis-y vocals, last has the most aggressive dynamic shifts

the opener of Palo Santo is probably the most Talk Talk-like track in their entire discography, though, and the comparison has never stuck to them the way it does with e.g. Bark Psychosis

Songs from a One Room House in an Uninteresting Location (bernard snowy), Tuesday, 20 October 2015 22:21 (6 months ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

New album out now and streaming in full here:

Not really hitting me at first listen but most of their albums have been growers so we shall see.

schlep and back trio (anagram), Monday, 25 January 2016 10:31 (3 months ago) Permalink

"Filaments" is a very fine Radiohead-in-krautrock-mode imitation.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 25 January 2016 12:13 (3 months ago) Permalink

Jeez, if it's not Talk Talk people are accusing Jonathan Meiburg of ripping off, it's Radiohead. I get that every band has influences but imho Shearwater are a very long way off crossing the line that separates influence from imitation. I think the Talk Talk or Radiohead similarities are way overstated anyway.

schlep and back trio (anagram), Monday, 25 January 2016 13:27 (3 months ago) Permalink

I think the new one is pretty great, right in my wheelhouse. I read that the band had (pre-RIP) been planning to play Bowie's "Lodger" start to finish on tour, and joke or not that makes perfect sense. I also hear a bit of "Remain in Light" in here, at least on "Filaments." Or rather, I can imagine had Bowie been in Talking Heads that this is the sort of "Remain in Light" he would have made in 1980.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 25 January 2016 20:20 (3 months ago) Permalink

xpost Huh, "Filaments" was the one you thought sounded like Radiohead? Nah.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 25 January 2016 20:20 (3 months ago) Permalink

god i love his voice and the instrumentation is really intriguing

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Monday, 25 January 2016 20:24 (3 months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I hear all sorts of classic early '80s art rock, from THs and Bowie to U2. But I don't hear a lot of aping, which is key, I think.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 25 January 2016 20:25 (3 months ago) Permalink

Like, this is a better U2/Waterboys/Big Music riff than Coldplay could ever hope for:

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 25 January 2016 20:28 (3 months ago) Permalink

i haven't kept up with this dude in recent years but Palo Santo was one of my favorite records at the time, will check this one out

ciderpress, Monday, 25 January 2016 20:30 (3 months ago) Permalink

i fucking love "quiet americans," wow

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Monday, 25 January 2016 20:34 (3 months ago) Permalink

hope this isn't like how the only song i love off of rook is "rook"

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Monday, 25 January 2016 20:34 (3 months ago) Permalink

It's unfair to the band that I keep hearing things I recognize from other bands, but they're all from bands I by and large like, so I guess that's cool.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 25 January 2016 20:42 (3 months ago) Permalink

This sounds like their best in a while, they sort of lost me after Rook.

Honestly, their sound got so insular for a little while it's actually kind of relief hearing shades of other bands in their albums

Evan R, Monday, 25 January 2016 20:46 (3 months ago) Permalink

If you haven't heard Animal Joy def check it out, it's a monster

schlep and back trio (anagram), Monday, 25 January 2016 20:48 (3 months ago) Permalink

I did, and it was good, but I was still so exhausted from the last three... I just needed a break, I think. I'll revisit it.

Evan R, Monday, 25 January 2016 20:53 (3 months ago) Permalink

Hate to say it, but as much as I love Palo Santo, I still think Winged Life was their best

Evan R, Monday, 25 January 2016 20:54 (3 months ago) Permalink

whoa was not expecting them to have gone full on '10s Synthrock Indie

songs sound pretty good though and i still love his voice

ciderpress, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 00:33 (3 months ago) Permalink

ah they turned back into the more familiar shearwater by the second half of the record

ciderpress, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 01:05 (3 months ago) Permalink

after the intro to filaments, i was waiting for him to intone "LOST MY SHAPE. TRYING TO ACT CASUAL."

wishy washy hippy variety hour (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 02:51 (3 months ago) Permalink

boy "radio silence" is fun

i'm only really liking about every other track but maybe the whole thing will grow on me over time

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 04:54 (3 months ago) Permalink

the design on the album cover is hypnotic tho

ciderpress, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 14:00 (3 months ago) Permalink

'wildlife in america' sounds like jackson browne to me and i like it

ciderpress, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 14:06 (3 months ago) Permalink

Not sure how "Quiet Americans" could be any better.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 14:45 (3 months ago) Permalink

yeah that song is A+

ciderpress, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 14:48 (3 months ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

I read that the band had (pre-RIP) been planning to play Bowie's "Lodger" start to finish on tour, and joke or not that makes perfect sense.

This is actually happening next month in New York.

schlep and back trio (anagram), Saturday, 13 February 2016 15:54 (2 months ago) Permalink

i don't know, I love archipelago and rook and palo santo but don't know about anything since.

akm, Saturday, 13 February 2016 16:26 (2 months ago) Permalink

'wildlife in america' is the song from this one that ended up consuming me, some of his best writing imo

ciderpress, Saturday, 13 February 2016 17:32 (2 months ago) Permalink

Song is fantastic.

wishy washy hippy variety hour (Hunt3r), Saturday, 13 February 2016 17:41 (2 months ago) Permalink

I loved their cover of the Mountain Goats's "This Year" from a couple years back, but every time I try to listen to their own stuff I just can't get beyond how much the singer's voice reminds me of Gordon Lightfoot.

pitchforkian at best (cryptosicko), Saturday, 13 February 2016 18:06 (2 months ago) Permalink

There were those moments where I almost eye rolled and said "too, too on the nose," but the songwriting and production are pretty great, so that I've been WAY won over by it. I'm sorta pissed that War on Drugs did some much limper, much slighter 80s raiding and got threads and threads, and irl acclaim, and this is sorta just out there afaict. I could be missin it tho as I don't live on threads or irl.

wishy washy hippy variety hour (Hunt3r), Sunday, 14 February 2016 01:30 (2 months ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Saw these guys last night. Was glad they pulled heavily from the new record, which is by far the best thing they've done imo.

Crowd was (predictably) sedate but warm, even when momentum occasionally lagged. Band seemed grateful for that and even played multiple encores.

In NYC this weekend, I believe.

dc, Friday, 11 March 2016 16:41 (1 month ago) Permalink

Damn I love the weird waves of Bowie/Murphy vocals I get off of A Long Time Away played loud. That "Haa Haa!" he lets out, it thrills me man.

wishy washy hippy variety hour (Hunt3r), Saturday, 19 March 2016 02:50 (1 month ago) Permalink

The new record is certainly good, with some great high points (Quiet Americans, Radio Silence). My issue is, having lived through and with their influences, I'm having a hard time feeling like I *need* a record like "Jet Plane" at this point in my life. That's not to say they're aping any one artist or style, it's just that this is a nice bowl of chicken soup when I want sushi.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 31 March 2016 03:06 (1 month ago) Permalink


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