Thursday, December 31, 2009

Volcano Choir: Unmap (4.5/5)

Jonathan's #5 out of 20 Album of 2009

Year: 2009
Label: Jagjaguwar
Genre: Psychedelic Ambient Avant-Folk
TRT: 35:12

The album art is really interesting...and definitely fits well with the sounds inside.

The recording starts off ambient with some nice textured sounds and melodies. I like Justin Vernon's vocal runs here because it really starts giving the vibes of this record....sometimes hitting an off key note in the run similar to TV on the Radio. When the song "Island, IS" begins, you can instantly feel a slight shift in the tempo and this really starts the album...this is an amazing track. The album then slows down a bit again to an ominous meditation sound with waves in the background. At this point it's obvious what to expect from here-on-out. Sit back and enjoy the tranquility in accord.

01 Husks and Shells
02 Seeplymouth
03 Island, IS
04 Dote
05 And Gather
06 Mbira in the Morass
07 Cool Knowledge
08 Still
09 Youlogy

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