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I would love the audio of the show at Saint-Malo!!


22 Feb 2010 18:39
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Nice review from Greg Kot at the Chicago Tribune:
http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/ ... elago.html

Album review: Shearwater, 'The Golden Archipelago'
Rating: 3.5 stars (out of 4)

In the great if fading tradition of the album as a unified collection of music, images and text, Shearwater not only endures, it absolutely rules. The Texas quintet’s sixth album, “The Golden Archipelago” (Matador), explores themes of isolation, loneliness, environmental collapse and natural wonder. The music ranges from a barely audible whisper (“God Made Me”) to a manic rush (“Corridors”), enhanced by production decisions that suggest a classical recording more than a typical, highly compressed rock album. The arrangements explore the extremes of volume and density, allowing each fragile note to shiver at the precipice of silence, each crescendo to ring out with orchestral richness. The details – the drone of a guitar string, the reverberation of a drum mallet, the swoon of a string section --- are reason enough to reward a close listen. But it’s Jonathan Meiburg’s voice that gives the whole affair an almost religious intensity. An accompanying 50-page book gives listeners yet another reason to immerse themselves in Shearwater’s alternative world.

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Shearwater covering Brian Eno's "Baby's On Fire", back in 2006, can be listened here : http://www.chromewaves.net/2010/02/shearwater-covers-brian-eno/

watch out, wild guitars!

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sunglow_moth wrote:
I would love the audio of the show at Saint-Malo!!


Here you go!


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Double post: pretty positive PFM review.


24 Feb 2010 09:15
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Album of the week on Treble


24 Feb 2010 12:43
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daylight wrote:
sunglow_moth wrote:
I would love the audio of the show at Saint-Malo!!


Here you go!


Thanks!


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The header in Paste's review calls TGA "The soundtrack to your next chill-sesh".

Um.

Ok...

http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2 ... elago.html

On a related, and slightly confusing, note: neither of the publications for which I write have published reviews yet. I think the new writers may not grasp the concept of timeliness (Whereas, even without a reliable computer for the last 2 months, I have met deadlines. That'll teach them to assign Shearwater to someone who isn't me! :P)

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I think our writer at Austinist.com did a really great job discussing TGA:

http://austinist.com/2010/02/23/review_ ... _anoth.php

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2008’s Rook earned every bit of the considerable praised heaped upon it, and The Golden Archipelago will not disappoint, though that obnoxious term “grower” will likely be thrown about; Golden Archipelago has left behind some of the down-to-earth populism of Rook en route to an ephemeral, remote tribalism. Though Meiburg’s voice, swooping as agile as a swallow, is here as always at the helm, the most immediate leap forward to be heard on the new album is Thor Harris’ brilliant percussion more at the foreground. There is always turbulence just under the placid surface of Shearwater songs, but Meiburg’s voice never cedes control, holding everything in place as if by sheer magnetic force. So the primal pull of the cerebral Shearwater sound falls entirely to the drums.Regardless of longtime fans’ ultimate album preferences, there’s common cause to celebrate that The Golden Archipelago more than any other before approaches the dynamics of the Shearwater sound live.


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fluxrad wrote:
I think our writer at Austinist.com did a really great job discussing TGA:

http://austinist.com/2010/02/23/review_ ... _anoth.php

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Regardless of longtime fans’ ultimate album preferences, there’s common cause to celebrate that The Golden Archipelago more than any other before approaches the dynamics of the Shearwater sound live.



Yes! When I read that, my first thought was that this last sentence encapsulated it better than anything else I've yet seen.

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I write for a UK site called The Music Fix and reviewed the Leeds show here http://www.themusicfix.co.uk/content/gi ... water.html

I hope it';s Ok to have posted the link?


25 Feb 2010 06:46
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Here's Pitchfork's review: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/139 ... chipelago/


26 Feb 2010 16:32
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Short interview with Jonathan on eMusic:

http://www.emusic.com/features/spotligh ... water.html

(I love the photo! :) )


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candy wrote:
Short interview with Jonathan on eMusic:

http://www.emusic.com/features/spotligh ... water.html

(I love the photo! :) )


Great interview!! Thank you for posting it!


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