Monday, November 17, 2008

Anathallo Review & Free download of "The River" Today.

ANATHALLO: Canopy Glow
Nov 17, 2008

By Tom Duffy
Original Post

On Canopy Glow, the new album from Chicago's melodramatic art-troupe Anathallo, the band returns with their signature whimsical and waltzy tunes, but fans may find a slightly darker vibe than on their 2006 debut Floating World. With an array of instruments ranging from trombones, autoharps and flugelhorns, the seven-piece create an angelic soundscape punctuated by the soaring vocals of Matt Joynt and Erica Froman. The duo's pipes are used as much as any other instrument on the album to keep the ethereal tone that delicately flows throughout the entire record.

Lyrically, the outfit tells a short story in each song, making huge strides in this area from their previous effort. From the vivid imagery in "Cafetorium," to the surreal sonic overtones of in "Northern Lights," the band touches on immortality and the massive affect it inflicts on the lives around it. Each song is a perfect blast of emotion and passion that flow in the same vein of bands like Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes and My Brightest Diamond. The purest example of this can be found on the strikingly beautiful "All the First Places" The gentle strum of electric guitars are perfectly paired with sprawling piano's to create a atmospheric anthem that starts to build from the first note and never makes its descend. Part Postal Service and part Simon and Garfunkel, the track assures the band will inspire lighters to be lit across every venue they play. To sum up Canopy Glow in words can never give the album it's proper due, but when you stumble upon it during one of those late night soul searching sessions, it will be the prove to be the perfect companion.

Tracklist For Canopy Glow:
01. Noni's Field 02. Italo 03. Northern Lights 04. The River 05. Cafetorium 06. Sleeping Torpor 07. All The First Pages 08. John J Audubon 09. Bells 10. Tower Of Babel

Anathallo are currently touring the world:

11/17 London, UK @ Borderline
11/18 Hull, UK @ Adelphi
11/19 Oxford, UK @ The Regal
11/19 London, UK @ Windmill Brixton
11/20 Lille, FR @ Malterie
11/21 Paris, FR @ La Fleche D' or
11/22 Nancy, FR @ Le Hublot
11/25 Duisburg, DEU @ Steinbruch
11/26 Utrecht, NL @ DB's
11/27 Haarlem, NL @ Patronaat
11/28 Offenbach, DEU @ Hafen 2
11/30 Vienna, AUT @ Arena
12/04 Sendai, JPN @ Junk Box
12/05 Yamagata, JPN @ Sandinista
12/06 Shinjuku, JPN @ Marz
12/07 Shibuya, JPN @ Shibuya O Nest
12/09 Nagoya, JPN @ Tight Rope
12/10 Osaka, JPN @ Sunsui
12/12 Kashiwa, JPN @ Alive
12/13 Kouenji, JPN @ Marble Tron

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