Saturday, June 21, 2008

Sparrows Swarm and Sing: Untitled #2 (4.5/5)

Year: 2005
Label: Self Released
Genre: Experimental Post Rock
TRT: 27:26

I brought these guys down from Massachusetts to play a show a couple years ago. They arrived early in their 15 passenger van, with trailer in-tow. As they began piling out of the vehicle and unpacking their instruments and gear, I started to get just a tiny inclination of what was in store. At that time, there were 8 or 9 members playing a host of instruments. From cello, to xylophone, to musical saw to random percussion and violin, along with your standard bass guitars and drums. The lights went down, a projector they had brought along began to play old reel-to-reel home movies on the back wall, and Sparrows Swarm and Sing began to play.

What ensued was one of the most beautiful, emotional and powerful things I've ever experienced, and if you pass up the chance to see these guys, you're seriously lacking for intelligence.

They've released this EP multiple times with multiple artwork. This is the MacRock 2006 edition that came in a completely hand made package consisting of a piece of backing wood with a harp burned into the back, and the number burned on the front (27/50 here), and then tied together with hemp and another wood chip sporting a design unique from all the rest. The cd it's self is contained in a vellum hand-folded sleeve, and has a pattern pressed on it in red wax.

Now, whenever a band is willing to go the extra mile with the packaging, I've always found that they're willing to do the same with their music. So it should come as no surprise that Untitled #2 is my favorite release from these northerners.

01 Part I
02 Part II
03 Part III

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