Wednesday, July 26, 2006

the earth skin cracking.

I've mentioned Anathallo no less than five times since March, though that number should be the least common denominator of the number of times I've gone on about the simply amazing collective of no less than seven miraculously talented musicians.
I'm aware that I'm occasionally (read: frequently) extremely complimentative and bombastic with praise, but I feel no remorse when it comes to this Michigan band. I found nothing but adoration in my bloodstream when introduced to Anathallo's Sparrows a couple of summers ago. The clean guitar, dueling horn section, breathtaking breathy vocals and the overall confluence of their work was unlike anything I was listening to at the time. Cut to February of 2006, when Anathallo finally releases a proper full-length album with twice as many tracks as any prior release. Floating World, which had an official release date of 06/06/06, is based mostly on Japanese folklore, with a large chunk retelling the story of Hanasakajijii, "The Old Man Who Made the Dead Trees Blossom." Utilizing any noise-making device they could get their hands on; from traditional piano, guitar, bells, bass drum, trombone, and trumpet to velcro strips, decks of cards and ratchet wrenches.
Anathallo's live show has everything to do with the amount of attention and praise they've gained from bloggers. They are completely overwhelming as they are absolutely engrossed in their own music, from the quiet intricacies to the poignant eruption of collective yelling and bass drum blasts.
If you miss Anathallo's tour with The Format this summer, then... Well... Don't. Find the show closest to you at Anathallo's website or MySpace. Get a copy of Floating World so you have some idea of what you're in for and enjoy it's lush packaging.
If for some reason you stumbled upon the Pitchfork review before having heard Anathallo, please make up your own mind. I remind you that we bloggers and they professional reviewers simply give our own opinions, and ours are never substitutable for yours. We may wish to bias or influence you if, in fact, we are introducing you to something new, but you should never let any review prevent you from making up your own mind. (And you never know, Pitchfork may change their tune, as they did with In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.)

Anathallo's "Hoodwink"
"Dakkoise House (with face covered)"
& "Hanasakajijii (four: a great wind, more ash)"
from Floating World

Anathallo's "Don't Kid Yourself, You Need a Physician"
from A Holiday At The Sea

Anathallo's "To Gary and Marcus: The Sovereignty of God is Omnipresent"
from Sparrows

BONUS: Indieblockedappella's "Hanasakajijii" (link)


Blogger Barry Lutz said...

this post kicks ass.

10:51 PM  

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