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twentyshots

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team me- to the treetops!
« on: March 04, 2012, 11:39:16 AM »

kind of surprised there isn't a thread for this yet.

this album...is contagiously uplifting.
musically i tend to mostly veer towards the dark...poetic...the artsy...or something akin to dirty garage sounds, so it is totally refreshing to like something so celebratory! YAY! there is a lot of pure energy in these songs and they hit you like sunlight.

with my hands....has been floating around in the blogosphere for a few months and is just great through and through, but now after working through the album and getting a feel for some of the finer points, it's full appeal is becoming apparent. it's as if you took several artists i only marginally like- sufjan stevens and polyphonic spree, and then sugar-coated arcade fire, beirut, or some multi-instrument western european anthems and added kodo drummers on ecstasy. with six people, they've got a robust flavor that is not understated.

the vocals see-saw between individually light male/female with tapering norwegian accents (i love how they pronounce their "r's") and all out choir where everyone's on board, backing or otherwise.
the one thing i need to explore more are the lyrics, because they perhaps aren't as hopeful as the acrobatic melodies themselves are, which would actually make this even more interesting to me.

song placement is smart. no snags. deftly bobs and weaves.

dear sister could be a deadringer for the new pornographers at times ("guess i fell in love with that state of mind"). songs like fool or favorite ghost imply early on that they might be crashing too quickly but pick back up fiercely... in fact, that happens in a few spots- there's a real consideration for the music, it's not all total fanfare, there are breaths to be had.
but there is just simply no denying the home-runs...riding my bicycle...weathervanes and chemicals.....jeez.....they all explode at some point....if you need a boost, this is the band for you.

this album has shot to the top of my list. it's playful but not simple. it's otherwordly to me.
i bet they are going to be huge at SXSW this year....


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TayFo

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Re: team me- to the treetops!
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2012, 12:02:07 PM »

i've loved what i heard on luisterpaal and i hope it gets released in the u.s. in the meantime, i ordered the ep. that has some overlap.
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Zafer Kaya

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Re: team me- to the treetops!
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2012, 08:03:00 PM »

I like it, too.  It's available on Rdio and Spotify while you're waiting for the official US release.
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