This is so good (at pushing my closet stoner buttons?).
Hits a spot very close to the one Boris hits.
And I'm I'm starting a thread even though I have nothing to say about it really.
For all the outfit's emphasis on their multi-media rock opera approach to things and the ongoing narratives behind their work, this feels very complete and satisfying as a recording. It's short though, so I just keep listening to it.
― _Rudipherous_, Monday, 17 September 2012 14:48 (8 months ago) Permalink
Great band. If all goes well with show hopping at pop montreal this week, I'll be seeing the opera.
― obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Monday, 17 September 2012 15:35 (8 months ago) Permalink
I like this record a ton. It sounds to me like the description of Boris I got from people who tried and failed to push them on me over the years.
― EZ Snappin, Monday, 17 September 2012 16:09 (8 months ago) Permalink
Found them on Bandcamp & was moderately impressed, then few weeks later saw they'd been added to the bill of the Jeff Mangum ATP. Made an effort to catch them & was blown away. Rushed straight to the merch stall after & ordered the record (they'd had trouble getting merch into country, so had nothing left to sell). Record took an age to show up, & is currently in the To Be Played pile...need to get on to that.
― Wandering Boy Poet, Monday, 17 September 2012 16:15 (8 months ago) Permalink
Yeah, their live show is great - saw them at ATP and then again in NYC a few months back.
― atari era stylings of (seandalai), Monday, 17 September 2012 16:39 (8 months ago) Permalink
i missed about half their set when i saw them but what i saw was pretty amazing
― TOP FEMALE LAWYER & CARTOONIST FOR 2011: (donna rouge), Monday, 17 September 2012 16:43 (8 months ago) Permalink
okay, this is fantastic, but i don't think the boris comparisons make much sense, at least as far as this album is concerned (haven't seen them live). YT//ST remind me of deerhoof more than boris.
― i know your nuts hurt! who's laughing? (contenderizer), Monday, 17 September 2012 17:45 (8 months ago) Permalink
I think I should mention this is really hooky and catchy, rhythmic and melodic. I have bits and pieces of this album going through my head all day long at the moment.
My making the Boris comparison might simply be due to lack of familiarity with similar bands. On the other hand, they do mention their admiration for Boris in interviews (not that that guarantees sounding alike, but it seems a lot close to home than if they mentioned, say, their admiration for the Spinners).
As for Deerhoof, I think I did possibly like their overall sound except for the vocals which killed it for me.
― _Rudipherous_, Monday, 17 September 2012 23:09 (8 months ago) Permalink
this is sounding great. kinda like deerhoof meets magma-esque grandeur - or the ruins version of magma in 'symphonica' or koenjihyakkei minus the extreme-technicality and overall wackiness, dunno*. with the ocasional - and mostly welcoming? - nod to krautrock's equally cosmic and pastoral vibes and, err, kate bush in 'oak of guernica'?
*tbh, i don't listen to those albums in a very long time, so i might be totally off-handed here. and i guess it's the japanese factor that propels this association. either way, they don't really remind me of boris.
― rusty_allen, Tuesday, 18 September 2012 00:12 (8 months ago) Permalink
I really like the album, obv. I only recently found out that they do a whole 'opera' live! Let us know how it is if you go, rrrobyn. Despite living in the cultural mecca of Regina, I sometimes miss out on being able to see cool things.
― EveningStar (Sund4r), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 01:27 (8 months ago) Permalink
Thanks to Sund4r, by the way, for recommending this album to me. (Maybe you are surprised to see I already started a thread about it.)
― _Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 18 September 2012 03:16 (8 months ago) Permalink
I especially like the watashi-WA (if that's what it even is) in "Hoshi Neko."
Yes, okay, I guess the Boris comparison is flawed and misleading. It makes some sense in my own idiosyncratic set of musical categories, but it's probably not so useful in describing this band to others.
― _Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 18 September 2012 04:09 (8 months ago) Permalink
This band was a revelation when I heard the album in January, and were again when I saw them live this past spring. Fantastic musicians. I'd love to hear their new opera.
― A. Begrand, Tuesday, 18 September 2012 05:27 (8 months ago) Permalink
― _Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:38 (8 months ago) Permalink
great band, great DRUMS sound
― nostormo, Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:53 (8 months ago) Permalink
Yes. Would it be self-parody for me to say that the way the drums are recorded on "Queens" (and maybe elsewhere--but it's especially noticeable there) reminds me of Karuki Zamen Kuri no Hana (especially Shukyo)?
― _Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 19 September 2012 17:15 (8 months ago) Permalink
Does this mean "I am"? (I looked it up quickly.) Or do you just mean you like the way it sounds?
― EveningStar (Sund4r), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 17:28 (8 months ago) Permalink
I just like the way it sounds on that song where they sing it a lot.
― _Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 19 September 2012 17:34 (8 months ago) Permalink
their show was totally bizarre and great at pop montreal - first half was operatic, diy queered fashion drama style, not for everyone but i was into it - second half (there was an intermission!) was much more a rock show, which ruled
― obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Monday, 24 September 2012 21:21 (8 months ago) Permalink
Some of the live clips I've now gotten around to watching seem pretty iffy. I miss the studio effects and polish in this case.
At around 3:12 "Reverse Crystal/Murder of a Spider" definitely reminds me of a Boris - Smile sort of jump (with a little hint of old Boredoms near the end). As always, I might be making these comparisons because I don't listen to that much music close to this.
― _Rudipherous_, Friday, 28 September 2012 17:46 (7 months ago) Permalink
saw them the last time they played toronto. while the live experience isn't as sharp as the record, they're still a wonderfully fun band to see in person.
― borntohula, Saturday, 29 September 2012 00:46 (7 months ago) Permalink
― _Rudipherous_, Saturday, 6 October 2012 20:04 (7 months ago) Permalink
― nostormo, Saturday, 6 October 2012 20:25 (7 months ago) Permalink
Weird, I thought I had already posted that. It was on another thread apparently, but yeah that belongs here more than the Bowie cover.
― _Rudipherous_, Saturday, 6 October 2012 20:26 (7 months ago) Permalink
hope they will be more focused on the next album
― nostormo, Saturday, 6 October 2012 20:34 (7 months ago) Permalink
I think YT//ST is plenty focused.
― _Rudipherous_, Saturday, 6 October 2012 21:45 (7 months ago) Permalink
Or did you mean more focus on working on it rather than one off things like the Bowie cover (for someone else's compilation)?
― _Rudipherous_, Saturday, 6 October 2012 21:57 (7 months ago) Permalink
The guitar on "Lamia" really really reminds me of Fred Giannelli (not that he was particularly original (though I liked his sound), but this is so close to what he went for a lot of the time that it stands out).
― redress control number (_Rudipherous_), Wednesday, 12 December 2012 18:29 (5 months ago) Permalink