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Arc in Round: Arc in Round ::::Remixed:::: (2013)

Arc in Round ::::remixed:::: cover artUna nueva visión del álbum de debut de Arc in Round, vista desde la óptica de ocho contribuciones, entre otras las de Benoit Pioulard, King Britt, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, o Ape School que le dan un giro a la música de estos chicos de Philadelphia. Se incluyen, además, dos temas inéditos.

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Arc in Round: Arc in Round (2012)

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Round and Round

Detrás de Arc in Round se encuntra Jeff Ziegler, productor, entre otros, de War on Drugs o Kurt Vile. Digo ésto porque al ser un personaje experto en estas lides, su influencia en el sonido de su banda, a la fuerza se tenía que notar. La música de Arc in Round es compleja, una amalgama de influencias que podría ir desde My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth a Joy Division, los grupos del Pop digamos que “oscuro” de los ochenta, el Dream-Pop, el Pop electrónico más experimental tipo Stereolab
Una mezcla que, de por sí, no tiene por qué ser negativa, pero que, en mi opinión, lastra un poco el resultado final de este álbum de debut. Un disco que se me antoja demasiado extenso e incluso demasiado complejo. Los trucos de producción y su sonido, lleno de arreglos y de guiños se me hace algo difícil de digerir. Necesitaría laxantes del tipo One sided, II, Volume sets all the time, Spirit o de la psicodélica Halloweed para poder aliviar mi indigestión. Es decir, me quedaría con un bonito Ep de cinco o seis temas como los dos que precedieron a la edición de este disco grande. Igual fue su elección más acertada.

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“Arc in Round´s self-titled debut fits snuggly within the upper echelon of the neo-psychedelic pantheon. The album’s accentuating effects and swirling, hypnotic layers of dissonant noise–built like sonic bricks to shelter the songs’ true melodic core–is Arc in Round’s signature design, a sound that the band has cultivated for over seven years. After two EPs (2010’s Diagonal Fields and last year’s II), the Philly foursome pick up right where they left off, revealing a natural evolution from able-bodied shoegazers (then known as Relay) to a well-oiled, fully-realized, creative rock force.
Arc in Round’s creative energy begins and ends with Jeff Ziegler (producer/engineer for Kurt Vile, Lymbyc Systym, The War on Drugs), whose studio prowess elevates the band much the same way that Martin Hannett stylized Joy Division’s work. With a lineup of Ziegler, singer/keyboardist/co-songwriter Mikele Edwards, drummer Matt Ricchini, and bassist Josh Meakim, Arc in Round’s new material touches on anthemic rock, post-rock, shoegaze, and experimental post-punk, all while leaving gobs of its textured DNA on each song.
Arc in Round’s creative energy begins and ends with Jeff Ziegler (producer/engineer for Kurt Vile, Lymbyc Systym, The War on Drugs), whose studio prowess elevates the band much the same way that Martin Hannett stylized Joy Division’s work. With a lineup of Ziegler, singer/keyboardist/co-songwriter Mikele Edwards, drummer Matt Ricchini, and bassist Josh Meakim, Arc in Round’s new material touches on anthemic rock, post-rock, shoegaze, and experimental post-punk, all while leaving gobs of its textured DNA on each song.
The album kicks off with “II”, a swirling and hurried nod to the aforementioned Hannett and Joy Division, where sounds appear and dissolve into one another without much surface chaos, like musical plate tectonics. “One-Sided” reveals Edwards’ ethereal, Laetitia Sadier-like vocals, an apt vocal channeling for this surging dream pop piece. The song also serves as a perfect example of Ziegler’s ability to create, with amazing subtlety, an undercurrent of beautiful foundational noise. Following the Joy Division-Sonic Youth hybrid construct “Said Astray” is “Volume Sets All the Time”, the album’s standout track, a transition-fueled carousel led by Edwards’ wearily commanding pipes.
Arc in Round’s debut LP is composed with sophisticated layering of sonic barriers, though a persistently heavy mood and vibrant bursts of beauty classify it as a genuine pop record. Song to song, the band undresses its influences, leaving the atmospherically moody music of 30 years ago stripped naked, only to be redressed in the band’s style. Although they lean some on their predecessors, Arc in Round will remain a band’s band–an unknown pleasure for wayfarers to discover” (consequenceofsound.net)

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14 septiembre, 2012 Posted by | Arc in Round | 1 comentario

   

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