Whale Fall ~ The Madrean

This would be on the ten blogs I love most list if I didn’t ride the short bus to blog building concepts.

a closer listen

The MadreanThe digital version of Whale Fall‘s sophomore album made an immediate splash when it was released in mid-December, appearing on Echoes and Dust’s fine year-end Top 20 list, as well as a number of post-rock lists.  The Madrean is now set to drop on vinyl, accompanied by a 12-page book of Jordan W. Lee photographs.  This makes it the rare double-eligible album, which we’re saying now because this sweet LP edition is bound to get some love this December as well.

But let’s start at the beginning.  The LA quintet’s self-titled debut album continues to hold up well, four years after its release.  One can already hear the hallmarks of what would become a signature sound: the trumpet and violin laid atop the expected post-rock instruments.  A clear sense of pace is apparent, along with instinctive interplay and sharp composition.  Four years have only honed the band, as the…

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