Wednesday, May 22, 2013

-valis Pick of the Week

Hail Voyagers! From the lands of the ice and snow, and a thousand lakes, (which may be a ruse to get your mind off the fact they've one month of Summer,) comes our newest Pick of the Week: Chatham Rise! From the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Brrr.
Their just-released, eponymous debut, is a bit of an oddity, to me. I've heard every track on it -in various permutations, as many as three ways; but, the final mixes have surpassed their lineage and are worthy of being held in the highest esteem. They aimed, they shot, they hit the mark. Dead on, too.
Tim, Collin, Sam, Ben, and Brian, have taken full advantage of the Finlandesque atmosphere of their region, holed up, and have created an extremely satisfying record which warms the listener. If you're looking for the box to put it in, perhaps closest would be psychedelic-shoegaze, imho. I'm reminded of Ride, Loop, and Floorian. You might, too.

Try this one, "Gone," with the aid of Jeff Levitz on sitar:

And, brother blood meridian created a mesmerising video to another favorite, "Autopilot":

The album is available via their label, Picture In My Ear. Also, An Art/Music Project they are involved in with Artist Simon Welford, Mark Gardener (RIDE), Adam Franklin (Swervedriver), Dean Garcia (Curve, SPC EKO/ECO, Morpheme), Perry Pelonero (A*Star, Skylight, Bliss.City.East), Aziz Ibrahim (Stone Roses, Ian Brown), Her Vanished Grace, Jaq Gallier and Cult of Dom Keller will be featured in Issue #72 of The Big Takeover. Additionally, make plans for Minneapolis for a long 4th of July weekend...Dean and Britta will be joining them there for a special performance of Galaxie 500 songs...this festival will run July 5-6 and more lineup announcements are coming!! Picture In My Ear's First Communion Afterparty, The Volta Sound and Chatham Rise will all be part of the festivities...this will be BIG!

You can listen to the archived stream here; or, hear it this Friday, on The Dead Man's Turn Me On, Dead Man show on Live365, where it's heard every Friday at noon eastern time, as well as Mr. Atavist's Sunrise Ocean Bender show, heard every Monday from 1 to 3 am eastern, on WRIR in Richmond, VA.

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