Wednesday, April 22, 2009
There are things you don’t expect, like a middle-aged woman from Scotland singing I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables convincingly, or two cousins from Melbourne on a label no one’s ever heard of releasing a folk rock record which is basically perfect in every way as their debut. First albums are meant to be full of ideas and rough as guts, but this is fucking smooth as, too: immaculate production and orchestration with sounds that take you by surprise. There’s walls of sound and then ambient expanses, layers of hair metal riffery and low fidelity distorted drumming; real beautiful in parts, with these lyrics that are I guess what you could call poetry. I mean, “Let’s jump into the river / We’re mostly made of water” is not a justification you would ever use in casual conversation, but it sure sticks with you.
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