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The Tea Club


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5 stars The Tea Club "Quickly Quickly Quickly" 9/10

Upon hearing this incredible piece of art, I very quickly quickly found myself online buying more of their music. Such a fantastic effect this album had on me. I have been stunned by the sheer brilliance these gentlemen have put into Quickly Quickly Quickly (Here on, QQQ). I have let myself listen to this album at least a dozen times in various situations to let myself really soak it up, before writing down my thoughts. Even now, listening to it again, amazement flows through me as my mind attempts to understand how such a fine piece of awesome can simply exist.

Beginning with the epic "Firebears", QQQ contains elements of truly fantastic progressive music. Easily a new favourite of mine, and definitely ranking among the talents like Porcupine Tree, The Mars Volta and Yes, anticipation for a next release has already begun. "Firebears" does what it is well; "Firebears" hits off a stunning beginning to this incredible album, and sets up just how awesome QQQ is. Yet it is more awesome than that even. The astonishing sound that comes from The Tea Club and their QQQ brings forth wishes of knowing of them years earlier. The then 5-piece, Patrick and Dan McGowan, Becky Osenenko, Charles Batdorf and Joe Rizzolo, clearly know how to write music and compose true art.

Following "Firebears" is the track that really got me hooked on this album; QQQ's second track, "The Eternal German Infant" contains some truly mind melting melodies and astounding and enjoyably lyrical work. This is not to say that the rest of QQQ lacks these elements in comparison, I simply fell in love with "The Eternal German Infant" first. The lines "P is for Pink Wood House/O is for Orange Moon Cakes/I is for Ivory's key/N is for Number Nine/(Strawberry Number Nine)/T is for a Triumphee!" and others like it, I find are delivered so fantastically well I could cry. The sound and tone these lines add to the music are way beyond brilliant. If someone were to tell me that the group were not actually human, I might believe them. A divine creation they have set upon the earth, and I shall pray to The Tea Club every night in hopes of a new album and to see them live.

Throughout the album, the vocals and guitar work is harmonized so fantastically beautifully well by Dan and Patrick McGowan, a sound that I will never forget in my lifetime. Considered their signature sound, it certainly adds a definite mood and element to the music that is already done so very well. The melodies carried by these two are found in the dictionary definition of "Awesome", and I don't mean the simple, every day awesome. I am talking about see-the-earth-from-space kind of awesome, which I am sure The Tea Club has done, being the divine beings they are.

The drumming. Oh man the drumming. Rizzolo is able to capture the perfect blend of simplistic and technical drumming in QQQ. Knowing the perfect time to step it up a few notches to 12/10 incredibleness, and then humble it down to a slower, less complicated pace. Additionally, the sound of his DW Collectors Series is amazing, and recorded in perfection. Nothing at all to hate here, such brilliance has been created.

Wrapping up, it is unbelievable that such an album as this exists. It is unbelievable that The Tea Club exists in all their excellent skill. Something so amazing has been hidden (from me) for too long, and their masterpiece Quickly Quickly Quickly demonstrates that they are more than able to show the world some real talent. I am honoured to have given my ears the chance to enjoy the awe-inspiring sounds that come from such a beautiful package, simply titled "Quickly Quickly Quickly" written and recorded by the magnificent Tea Club. When is the day I can die peacefully? Never, as long as The Tea Club exists... M is for Masterpiece...

IcedPorcupine | 5/5 |


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