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|Live at KUCI 6/15/05
MP3 EP 2009 | Silber 083
5 tracks, 31 minutes
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Probably the most subtle
of the Silber releases I've listened to so far, Aarktica tip-toe the thin
line between post-rock and dream-pop/shoegaze: slow, methodical build-ups
and blissful wall-of-sound embraces, with the surprise (and lovely) addition
of vocals, horns and electronics. Don't be scared by the "post-rock" tag,
I promise you this is not Explosions In The Sky-lite or crescendo-core.
~ Young Pilot Astray
Another new one from Brian
and company is a new CD by the hardly working Aarktica, who’ve just come
out with a new release already – it’s a taped live show at the studios
of small college radio station KUCI – probably from the campus of UC-Irvine(?)
just a guess from the call letters.
Anyway, this free-form, live show is awash in real instrumentation as well as real drums and percussion. It even has a bit of that passionate Latin spark- almost Cuban in some parts, Brazilian or West Indies in others. For example: the first two tunes “Depression Modern” but especially “OJ Guide”. From there on it stays in the same vein – dark, doomy, dirge-like bass-droning and a little bit of twangy guitar to help out in that same eerie twang-thing going on there. I know this isn’t the first Aarktica CD that I’ve come around but it looks like I am going to have to go back to the label and get some ones that I missed. But for now, take my word for it – these guys rock all over the place.
~ Kent Manthie, Reviewer Magazine