From the beginning of "Hasten" to the spacious, slightly spooky spaghetti western theme "Tierra del Fuego," the feel is darker, softer, and lusher. As impressively sprawling as Opus Mixtum is, it's tempting to imagine it as an amazing single-disc album. As it stands, the album's intensity never wanes, and even if it's not as solid as Victory Park was, there is a lot for Antietam fans to love here.
Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love.
Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts, Album). Track Listing - Disc 1. Tambo Hope.
Turn It on Me. Miss Me Bliss. King Me. I Know. Yet if there's a downside to Antietam's longevity, it's that at this stage in the game the band really doesn't have much to add to the conversation.
Even at two discs, Opus Mixtum hardly overstays its welcome, but the degree of welcome it meets is likely linked to your preference for the familiar Neil Young-does-VU school of indie that ruled the underground in the s. It's hardly a straight nostalgia trip, but at the same time Key, Harris, and Madell in aren't exactly pushing things forward. That's not what Antietam are about, though. The band's not out to change the rules but raise the roof, and at its best Opus Mixtum accents the relative timelessness of Antietam's music.
One could even imagine a simple song like the instrumental "Arrowhead Syrup" or the rollicking "Needle and the Eye", sharpened with better production and beefed up with beaucoup marketing bucks, as leftfield alt-rock hits. Admittedly, that's "alt" Hasten - Antietam - Opus Mixtum (CD in "alternate-reality," as Antietam, accessible though they may be, recognize there's a place for their music and that place will always be under the radar.
Tara Key had explored her pop and folk side on side and solo projects, Tim recorded with Terrascope favourites The Special Pillow illustrating the connectedness of all things indeed.
Arriving eventually at 'Opus Mixtum', 17 years from their formation as a trio, with line-up, influences, and coolness intact.
Survivors, but not just content to survive, with 'Opus Mixtum' the band have drawn from their histories, both together and in collaboration, and seamlessly woven the main elements of their sonic obsessions into a fascinating fabric. Quoting the band "The title comes from a method of laying brick in ancient Rome that combined rectangular and diagonal patterns, but we use it to connote the mix of three styles: Antietam rock, the acoustic pop of Tara Key solo releases, and the instrumental soundtracks of our lives.
The Album) disc opens with a deceptively mellow acoustic guitar and cello instrumental before launching into a blistering set of tracks that largely fall into the garage-punk transitioning into power-pop category.
Interesting here and elsewhere how guitar is used to carry so much of the melody. It's an extraordinary track, but there is so much in store one barely gets a chance to doff one's cap in its direction.
The second disc gets under way with the trippy trumpet and acoustic guitar dialogue of 'Hasten' and it's just so different to anything on the first disc that it really brings home the diversity on offer here. And it's clear that even though ostensibly made from the same mix of rock, pop and exploratory instrumental pieces as the first disc, a more wide-ranging journey is being taken.
Certainly there is more focus on pure instrumentals. Soaring strings and electric guitar work launch instrumental track 'The Gat Closed' to the stars, and it's emblematic of how strong the instrumental tracks are here — not fillers, but bold, confident compositions like their song counterparts. There are 11 instrumentals among the 26 tracks here. Counting out the disc is the desert rock Hasten - Antietam - Opus Mixtum (CD 'Tierra del Fuego', and it's allowed to range free at a length of nearly 10 minutes.
In many ways it's an 80s record, but made greater with the wisdom of years, than if the band had attempted it back then. Partly recorded live to two-inch magnetic tape in a live room, and partly constructed digitally at home, it's an ideal mix: on the one hand of retrograde sonics and thick impenetrable post-punk mixes, and on the other spacious, looped and carefully assembled digital sound-scapes.
Kudos to auxiliary live band member Josh Clark for the atavistic rock sonics and Tara and Tim for the digital work. Their theoretically divergent aesthetics mix together seamlessly.
Catch them tearing up the place at Terrastock 7 in their birthplace in June. CD www. Two albums from relative newcomers to the Terrascope, both offering a wealth of talent and potential and featuring two wonderful voices, each with their own unique sound. There is plenty more to enjoy however, in fact pick any song and you will enjoy some sweet sadness, soft smiles, and a wonderful glimpse of sunshine.
Perfect music for a drive through the desert, or in my case a lazy afternoon in a sunlit lounge. With a folk heart, the album cross into psych territory on a regular basis, taking in a west-coast vibe and a healthy dose of English humour as well. Opening with a soft drone and distant pipes, the vocals drift like mountain mist across the soundscape, creating five minutes of tender sadness as soothing as evenings fall on Midsummer.
Steered by Dominic Campanella and his brother Rob, the Quarter After have produced a divine blend of The Rain Parade and The Byrds on this, their second album, which is a joyous listen from start to finish. One listen Album) the nagging Hammond and dynamic arrangement will tell you that here is a band with class, worth the whole trip by itself.
Whilst they may wear their influences on their collective sleeves, the songs on this album are so much more than mere copies, instead proving to be mature and long lasting songs that will remain in your collection for a long time. Meanwhile back in the U. Whilst previous Mooch album have been awash with instrumental spaciness, this album is filled with short whimsical ditties that evoke that late sixties feel with consummate ease, complete with suitably twisted lyrics that complete the illusion.
The album comes with a pastiche of the International Times and has a lovely cover as well making it an essential purchase for lovers of UK psych pop.
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