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    Posted: June 05 2014 at 03:34
Oooohhhhh Sweet Mama!!!! I've really been looking forward to this one. I bought their debut 'On and On' on a whim after I'd read several music journalists conveying them as the new and modern Caravan. Quite a big statement, and while I partly disagree with it, there's still a lot that points a finger in the direction of the aforementioned gurus of Canterbury. The violin fx makes them sound oddly close to 'For Girls Who Grow Plumb.....' era while still attaining a feel and expression which is wholly original and totally them. No copycats in sight baby! These guys sound like themselves.
Anyway - this band has just made a new one called 'Sound Mirror', and if any of you people feel seduced by what I just wrote, then you should definitely take a chance with these guys. 
It's been a very long time since I last heard a band with such strong songwriting skills whilst still being jazzy and quirky in all the right places.
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Listened to it yesterday on Spotify. They're a good band - I really like the debut but I need to hear the new one a few more times yet.
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I haven't actually heard it yet. With some artists (tend to be the ones I'm really into) I don't want to spoil the experience of smacking a brand new cd/lp on my stereo and just follow it wherever it takes me.
It's pretty hard in some cases though - especially here and with the new Swans release.
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One thing that worries me a little is the lack of long cuts altogether. There was something akin to a mini "epic" in the form of 'Paradise Lost' from the debut clocking in at about 8 minutes. On here the long ones are around the 4 minute mark
Maybe it doesn't mean anything though, but it did trigger me. I really like longwinded music
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Will be checking it out, loved their debut
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I think the debut has the edge, but only slightly. Definitely a grower, I do wish it was longer however! 

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Dave, I was certain this was the band that you recommended to me, and now I find that they're going to be playing the support slot for Yes when I see them in Melbourne in November!

Will look into their albums before then!
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I'm still preferring the debut so far, but will give it a few more listens.
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Would you guys suggest the debut over the newie? I spun the clip for `Edge of the Earth', and while it was nice, I kind of kept expecting it to leap into action at any second and it never happened...Was kind if repetitive too....just perfectly nice indie-rock but that's about it.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Hnrz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 13 2014 at 08:56
I'd suggest the debut, although none of the music is particularly experimental or explosive!
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I just found out that they are opening for Yes when I go to see them next week.  Pretty excited about seeing them live.
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I still hadn't heard this band before last night, and I only caught the last 10 minutes of their set opening for Yes, but I was pretty impressed with what I saw, and I bought their 2012 LP in the lobby after the show.  Also chatted with them briefly and got this picture taken.



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Originally posted by HolyMoly HolyMoly wrote:

I still hadn't heard this band before last night, and I only caught the last 10 minutes of their set opening for Yes, but I was pretty impressed with what I saw, and I bought their 2012 LP in the lobby after the show.  Also chatted with them briefly and got this picture taken.



As you can see, I'm taller than all of them.

Cool! You do realise you've met Kate Bush's nephew now? (* bows down in reverence *)
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I did not know that! Star
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Raven Bush is the violin player, I think he's the one on the right of your photo.
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Yes.  He is the one on the right.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Guldbamsen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 18 2014 at 10:18
Wow I forgot my own thread again!
Talk about forgetfulness...

Steve that is so cool! You are now the second person on here who's seen em live, and yes I am looking at you Scott! Lucky b*****ds...
Thanks for sharing though. You've got an American Gandalf thing going on there
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Great album.
The cover got my attention,as I had just seen that 'Concrete thingy' on a tv-show about zeppelins.
After reading freyacat's review i knew it could be something that I would like and sure enough.Excellent album.

If you like this one,you may also like the norwegian band Brimstone Solar Radiation Band's Smorgasbord album.
Shake & bake.
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