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by Tyler Gould

28 Sep 2009


Efterklang & the Danish National Chamber Orchestra
Performing Parades
(Leaf Label)
Releasing: 20 October

Performing Parades will be released with the 55-minute live concert film, a behind the scenes documentary, video clips for six songs from Parades as well as the video for “Mirador”. Check out videos for “Caravan” and “Cutting Ice to Snow” below; they’re bizarre and delightful, and the image of the band playing and marching among the orchestra, outnumbered and battling with bigger sounds, is quite the spectacle.

SONG LIST
01 Polygene
02 Mirador
03 Him Poe Poe
04 Horseback Tenors
05 Mimeo
06 Frida Found a Friend
07 Maison de Reflexion
08 Blowing Lungs Like Bubbles
09 Caravan
10 Illuminant
11 Cutting Ice to Snow

by Tyler Gould

28 Sep 2009


If you’re anywhere remotely close to Chicago, you should be happy to know that Tortoise is doing a free (free!) in-store performance at Reckless Records, at 5 P.M., Sunday, October 4th. I suppose there’s a 3% chance they just saw Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and are going to do a bait-and-switch with some obnoxious man named Randy, but I’m 97% sure that it is a blessing from the music gods and we shouldn’t question it. In the meantime, enjoy the video for “Prepare Your Coffin”, and maybe even download the MP3. You deserve it.

Tortoise
Prepare Your Coffin [MP3]
     

by Tyler Gould

28 Sep 2009


“Relator”, by these two very beautiful people, could not be more bland. It would miss the cut for a Rob Thomas album. Train would find it dull. It might put the Fray to sleep. Johansson seems unsure of her twangy, so-average-it-hurts singing voice, and Yorn appears to protest too much, as if he hears the festering corpse of a song he’s found himself singing and is trying to trick his brain into finding it halfway decent.

by Tyler Gould

28 Sep 2009


Lead singer Shingai Shoniwa appeared to be wearing either a repurposed colander or salvaged piece of Dot Matrix’s costume from Spaceballs, but she made it work as she gallivanted about the stage, without wearing any shoes, last Friday. Letterman famously keeps his studio at an uncomfortably low temperature, so I hope she didn’t catch a chill.

by PopMatters Staff

28 Sep 2009


Apricot Rail
Apricot Rail
(Hidden Shoal Recordings)
Releasing: out now

Most instrumental rock suggests the apocalypse is coming. If it is, Apricot Rail are too busy crafting beautiful lilting melodies to care. This Australian quintet have the charm, humour and songwriting nous—and a killer live show—to re-ignite anyone’s belief in music’s subtle, giddy powers.

“The album’s (and arguably the band’s) crowning achievement has to be ‘The Parachute Failure’—it’s spine-tinglingly anthemic and really leaps out at the listener. It so beautifully epitomises the band’s key strengths, as evidenced throughout this remarkable debut—powerful and emotive melodies that engage through the push and pull of delicate restraint and blissful abandon In a word: lovely.” –- Drum Media (CD of the Week).

SONG LIST
01 A Public Space
02 If You Can’t Join Them, Beat Them
03 Trout Fishing In Australia
04 Pouring Milk Out the Window (Single)
05 Car Crash
06 Wadnama
07 Rain Falls on Your Nose, It’s Red From the Cold
08 The Parachute Failure
09 On the Trolley
10 Halfway House

Apricot Rail
“The Parachute Failure” [MP3]
     

Photo: Tom Cramond

Photo: Tom Cramond

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