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Everything posted by Derek™

  1. 09/01/17 Every Country's Sun takes two decades of Mogwai's signature, contrasting sounds – towering intensity, pastoral introspection, synth-rock minimalism, DNA-detonating volume – and distills it, beautifully, into 56 concise minutes of gracious elegance, hymnal trance-rock, and transcendental euphoria. Produced by psych-rock luminary Dave Fridmann, it's a structural soundscape built from stark foundations up; from a gentle, twinkling, synth-rock spectre to a solid, blown-out, skyward-thrusting obelisk. There's percussive, dream-state electronics (“Coolverine”), church organs as chariots of existential fire (“Brain Sweeties”), tremulous, foreboding bleeping – possibly from a dying android (“aka 47”). Their most transportive album yet, it also hosts their most fully realized art-pop sing-along of their storied history, “Party In The Dark,” a head-spinning disco-dream double-helix echoing New Order and The Flaming Lips, featuring Braithwaite's seldom-heard melodic vocals declaring he's “directionless and innocent, searching for another piece of mind”. This is music as a keep-out chrysalis, protective audio armor through exalting organs and portentous, dissonant guitar fuzz warping at the edges, bending the world inside-out into a reality in which you'd much rather live. The last three songs ascend into explosive exorcism, closing with the colossal “Every Country's Sun,” its searching intensity whooshing towards infinity in a dazzling cosmic crescendo. LIMITED DELUXE EDITION COLORED VINYL 3xLP + CD + PHOTO PRINTS BOX SET: OPAQUE WHITE (180 GRAM) Deluxe Edition includes Every Country's Sun on exclusive Opaque White 180 Gram colored vinyl, an exclusive bonus 180 Gram 12" featuring previously unreleased demos, the Compact Disc™ format of Every Country's Sun, and an exclusive set of 7 photo prints – all packaged in a beautiful, sturdy full-color box. ALL VINYL FORMATS INCLUDE MP3 DOWNLOAD COUPON INSIDE PACKAGE TRACK LISTING1. Coolverine2. Party In The Dark3. Brain Sweeties4. Crossing The Road Material5. aka 476. 20 Size7. 1000 Foot Face8. Don't Believe The Fife9. Battered At The Scramble10. Old Poisons 11. Every Country's Sun DELUXE EDITION BONUS 12" TRACK LISTING1. Acoustic Wash Demo Rough Mix2. Baritone 2 Demo Rough Mix3. Bass Tuned To C Demo Rough Mix4. Bends Demo Rough Mix5. Frez Demo Rough Mix6. Ludicrous Ripper Demo Rough Mix https://www.temporaryresidence.com/products/trr291
  2. Tracklisting: 1. "Dream House" 2. "Irresistible" 3. "Sunbather" 4. "Please Remember" 5. "Vertigo" 6. "Windows" 7. "The Pecan Tree" With the reveal of the album art and track listing, today, I'd say that we're on the brink of seeing some pre-orders drop. Is anyone else stoked on this release? Roads To Judah is still a record that I spin very regularly, and my expectations are pretty high for the new album. I know they were signed to Sargent House, so I'm not entirely sure if SH will be handling the pre-orders, or if Deathwish will have their hand in it, as well. I wouldn't be opposed to multiple variant options spread across a few distros. A translucent pink with an orange haze would be ace.
  3. FS: Brand New Science Fiction CD 89/500

    I'm not sure what these go for either. Since we're both clueless, we can call it a square deal and I'll just buy it for whatever a new CD is priced at in the U.K. these days. PM me your Paypal address and we'll get this show on the road.
  4. PO - Brand New - Science Fiction

    Pretty sure the CDs are a done deal by now. Also pretty sure the extra cost is on account of a hardcover / "book" jacket, fancier packaging in general, and maybe some additional content. Zine, prints, insert, etc. Hopefully we find out next month.
  5. PO - Brand New - Science Fiction

    I'm actually quite okay with that.
  6. PO - Brand New - Science Fiction

    Nope. A lot of people out there have definitely held a lot more conflicting jobs to pay the bills, I get it. Just haven't seen any thread boil down into such a UO bash-fest before.
  7. Damn. You're actually going to sway me to listen to this, huh?
  8. PO - Brand New - Science Fiction

    Isn't there one member here who recently got hired at UO and is totally thrilled about it? He's got an anime avatar or something, if I recall. The name escapes me but I imagine he's doing the forum equivalent of slowly inching backwards and out of this thread, at the moment.
  9. Having fun with it is all that counts, glad to hear it. Those vocals are pretty terrible though, like hxcoliver said. I wouldn't say they make it unlistenable for me, but they hinder me from wanting to dedicate shelf space to own it.
  10. PO: The National - Sleep Well Beast

    I'm actually sort of amazed by the magnitude of love for TWFM. I enjoy the album a whole lot, and it has a remarkable amount of songs that deliver and hold up very well over time. But it's also the only National album that has a handful of meh songs scattered about, in my opinion. Demons is still a stumbling mess. Fireproof is kind of unremarkable. Heavenfaced is a bit of a lullaby and I still can't get over Matt trying to rhyme as many words as he can with dreamer / freezer / etc. Closing track doesn't blow my mind either. Fortunately the rest of the album is ace, but I guess I'm just not used to hearing "dips" in the consistency of their albums. SWB is basically perfect though – the pacing, the variety, the flow. Even the tracks that I thought were so-so on first listen managed to make things interesting and noteworthy with an experimental outro or jam. Definitely check out all of their prior stuff whenever you can get around to it. Not to sound like a fanboy but they're all so good for different reasons. Lots of great flavors across their discography, and all worth hearing multiple times. This band has been the definition of a "grower" band for me, over the years, and super rewarding to revisit and grow accustomed to.
  11. I went into this album with low expectations, and I have to say that I think I'd probably enjoy this band a lot more if they were purely instrumental. Feels weird to say that, but the instrumental breaks and jams were easily the highlight of the album for me. Maybe the only highlight.
  12. PO: The National - Sleep Well Beast

    National and Slowdive next month. Let's gooooo.
  13. PO: The National - Sleep Well Beast

    What parts are there to dislike on this album, out of curiosity? I'm finding that it fluctuates between tracks that are incredible and tracks that are amazing.
  14. PO Now: The Used - The Canyon 10/27

    Anyone buying The Used themed condoms in 2017 will have zero use for them. The ultimate consumer paradox.
  15. PO: The National - Sleep Well Beast

    Thanks for this. And for all the input from everyone else. If there's barely any fluctuation of opacity and the US press sounds great, I'm not sure the $40-$50 would be worth it for me. Anyone end up with a truly opaque, solid blue?
  16. PO: The National - Sleep Well Beast

    Interesting. I'll probably just sit tight until I can verify then, either way. I'm looking on Discogs and the barcodes are identical. Is it unrealistic to assume they all came from one plant and there's just a fluctuation in translucency? Or were they definitely pressed at separate plants in different countries? Would love a weigh-in on the sound quality from anyone willing to chime in, too.
  17. PO: The National - Sleep Well Beast

    Not a big National fan? I think this will probably end up being in the top 10 albums of 2017, myself. Especially if it ends up filling out and growing as much as their prior albums do, with all the subtle National nuances. Anyone with a translucent blue – can you weigh in on how it sounds? I'm interested in tracking one down. Is it safe to guess that any Euro store stocking "blue" will have the translucent? Or is there any oversea-VCer who could take the guesswork out of it and ship me a copy? I've had really good luck in working with a few generous individuals for prior Euro variants.
  18. PO: The National - Sleep Well Beast

    You guys are crazy.
  19. PO: The National - Sleep Well Beast

    Except vice-versa. I'm fairly confident the Euro copies were opaque.
  20. PO: The National - Sleep Well Beast

    Wait, it's translucent? That's crazy. The description and mockup totally looked opaque. Excellent to hear though.
  21. PO: The National - Sleep Well Beast

    Do you know if they had CDs?
  22. PO now: Zola Jesus "okovi"

    Definitely her best album of the ones I've checked out. Can't believe that limited variant is still in stock after 2 months.