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Monday, May 8

Anathallo

Let the Sufjan comparisons begin... Anathallo, who have been touring with The Format and Page France, just released their fifth album this February and it hasn't left my CD Player (speaking figuratively) all week. The band describes themselves as a "marching band gone haywire" and their arsenal of instruments ranges from horns, bells, and pianos to chains and kitchen utensils. They even manage to fit in a Sigur Ros-influenced guitar.

As I hinted at before, the sound they produce is close to something you'd only imagine could be made by Sufjan Stevens, and many bloggers and journalists have already noted the comparisons. Christianity-inspired lyrics and complex compositions are pivotal parts of Floating World, but the album isn't consistently tight (yet) as, say Illinois. It could be argued, though, that this "epic mess" aspect (as Chris puts it) of their music, is all part of their charm.

All this results in songs like "Hoodwinked", "Dokkoise House", and "Hanasakajijii (Four...", which could prove to be some of the best of the year. Here's a few tracks (but I higly suggest buying the album for the full Anathallo experience). The last two MP3's are myspace links, just click and the download will start eventually.

MP3 Dokkoise House (With Face Covered)
MP3 Hanasakajijii (Four: A Great Wind, More Ash)
MP3 Hoodwinked


Visit their myspace.
See them at Lollapalooza and/or Cornerstone FestivalCheck out this live video of Anathallo playing "A Great Wind, More Ash" on You Tube
posted by Taylor, 5/08/2006 09:46:00 AM | link 1 comments

1 Comments:

the artwork alone is worth the cost of the purchase of this disc
commented by Anonymous liam, 5/08/2006 11:51:00 AM  

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