Cymbals Eat Guitars: Why There Are Mountains

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Holy moley, these guys are excellent

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 30 August 2009 04:59 (ten years ago) link

really? i remember hating this album.

samosa gibreel, Sunday, 30 August 2009 05:07 (ten years ago) link

It sounds good to me

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 30 August 2009 05:44 (ten years ago) link

Its a bit all over the place, but it isn't bad from what I remember. Except that one part in that one song that sounds way too much like Modest Mouse. You know.

Evan, Sunday, 30 August 2009 05:56 (ten years ago) link

four years pass...

New one is so, so good

http://www.npr.org/2014/08/10/338019046/first-listen-cymbals-eat-guitars-lose

Evan R, Monday, 11 August 2014 21:55 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

I thought this album would get a much more enthusiastic reception than it did

Evan R, Tuesday, 2 September 2014 15:02 (five years ago) link

i am pretty enthusiastic about it, it's a very good indie rock record. not a lot of those

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 2 September 2014 15:02 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

new one's even better than lose! wow

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 2 September 2016 16:22 (three years ago) link

the production's much nicer but it hasn't really grabbed me as much as lose or why there are mountains yet. it's still solid enough though

ufo, Friday, 2 September 2016 17:11 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

new one's even better than lose! wow

― who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, September 2, 2016 9:22 AM (two years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i was wrong but it's still great

lose is imo the best indie rock record of the past ten years

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 9 October 2018 14:22 (one year ago) link

it's between lose and why are there mountains for me, both total classics

ufo, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 14:30 (one year ago) link

I remember liking Lose a lot when it came out but I don't think I've listened to it in years. I should get back on that!

josh az (2011nostalgia), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 02:39 (one year ago) link

pretty years is still very awesome, but i prefer the production in lose. lots more space.

nba jungboy (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 02:43 (one year ago) link

listened to both again today and Why There Are Mountains is definitely my favourite, and best indie rock album of the last decade. the songs cover so much ground and are full of hooks - the way Some Trees is constantly morphing in only two and a half minutes, the jaunty piano emerging from the drone in Indiana that eventually ends in a psych-y explosion of brass, all of Wind Phoenix, the three epics! such an underrated band, never understood why they never got more attention when similar but much worse 90s-ish indie bands got so hype.

ufo, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 12:17 (one year ago) link

if Why There Are Mountains was released in the 90s it would surely be firmly in the indie canon, right? i love it more than most of the big 90s indie rock albums

ufo, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 12:20 (one year ago) link

Why There Are Mountains hit at a weird time; I feel like people were really tired of internet hyped indie rock by 2009, even if that record transcends a lot of the lower quality stuff from around the same time.

triggercut, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 12:28 (one year ago) link

these guys also fill a void left by the wrens but idk if the meadowlands came out today it would hit as hard

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 12:29 (one year ago) link

i love why there are mountains but lose is just such a complete statement to me, especially the first three tracks

lenses alien is underrated but so complicated and hard to hold onto

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 12:30 (one year ago) link

also guy is an incredible lyricist

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 12:30 (one year ago) link

Reading this thread made me check just now, once again in vain, if there was any news on a new Wrens (apart from the news being it's delayed again).

Lose is my goto CEG record but the debut hits hard every time.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 12:32 (one year ago) link

probably true that The Meadowlands wouldn't quite seem as great if it came out today but i'm still eagerly awaiting that new Wrens album

iirc Charles from The Wrens almost produced Why There Are Mountains but had to pull out after some kind of tragedy i don't remember

the keyboard playing on CEG albums still feels really distinctive as far as indie rock goes, it's much more free-flowing than usual and always an interesting texture

he definitely improved as a lyricist as time went on yeah, Lose is really affecting the whole way through, but i have no idea what a single song on Mountains is about

ufo, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 12:42 (one year ago) link

i think it would seem as great it just wouldn't have the same kind of impact, lost in the shuffle in the way this band is in terms of coverage

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 13:19 (one year ago) link

nine months pass...

https://emptycountry.bandcamp.com/

sounds like CEG are over (RIP!) but there's two new songs from Joe under the name Empty Country with an album coming next year. "Ultrasound" has Charles from The Wrens on backing vocals and both tracks sound like classic CEG to me

ufo, Thursday, 8 August 2019 03:09 (seven months ago) link

two months pass...

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8541174/cymbals-eat-guitars-breakup-empty-country-interview

contains a new empty country song ("marian") that is just wonderful

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 29 October 2019 17:47 (five months ago) link

they were always so good at that slow burn, good to know it seems to have made it to empty country in tact.

kanye kendrick frank kendrick frank kanye (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 29 October 2019 18:17 (five months ago) link

love this

ufo, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 20:54 (five months ago) link

three months pass...

the closer "Swim" is gorrrrgeous, holy shit. Album now coming out on Getting Better.

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Thursday, 20 February 2020 13:52 (one month ago) link

yeah this is beautiful, excited for the alb

https://soundcloud.com/getbetterrecords/empty-country-swim

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Thursday, 20 February 2020 17:36 (one month ago) link

this has to be one of his best songs, very excited for the record

ufo, Thursday, 20 February 2020 20:15 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

the empty country album is out now

https://emptycountry.bandcamp.com/album/empty-country

and it's fantastic, one of his best albums

ufo, Saturday, 21 March 2020 00:48 (one week ago) link

holy crap this album

obviously the songs are great ("change" and "emerald" is such an amazing one-two especially) but I'm really impressed with the mixing also, TONS of range

brechtian social distancing (Simon H.), Saturday, 21 March 2020 12:43 (one week ago) link

What a stunning album! Restraint and explosiveness in equal measure. Throughout the many iterations of CEG and now this, his songwriting is still distinguishable as his. 'Diamond' is an early favourite.

tangenttangent, Saturday, 21 March 2020 12:45 (one week ago) link

I was just thinking about how he makes great use of his limited voice when he went for that high note in "Clearing", a wonderful surprise

brechtian social distancing (Simon H.), Saturday, 21 March 2020 12:50 (one week ago) link

yeah "chance"/"emerald" is a stunning centrepiece. i also like the slight turn towards folk-rock

ufo, Saturday, 21 March 2020 13:26 (one week ago) link

album is fucking brilliant

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 22 March 2020 18:59 (one week ago) link

checking this out now and it's great. the things you can do when you escape the icy grip of john congleton!

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 16:26 (six days ago) link

i actually loved pretty years, but the new one is much more dynamic and returns to the chiming atmospherics that CEG specialized in on albums like lose.

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 16:37 (six days ago) link

looking forward to going back to all the ceg records i slept on

devvvine, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 16:39 (six days ago) link

lose is one of the best indie rock records of the last decade. it was super slept-on

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 16:56 (six days ago) link

jackson is one of my favorite songs, sounds so huge.

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 18:02 (six days ago) link

I don't hear what y'all are hearing. :(

alpine static, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 21:41 (six days ago) link

ceg were way too slept on in general

the new one is about as great as why there are mountains and lose

ufo, Thursday, 26 March 2020 03:21 (five days ago) link


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