Monday, July 23, 2012

Man is only air as well

The band's brand new single track, twenty-one minute EP, Faustian Echoes, begins with a sample of Jan Švankmajer’s filmed take on the legend & closes with another. The sound is not as cold as the last LP, though not analog warm, with measures arranged as a hefty bag of Legos upon a board: vicious blasts, placid chord progressions, midpaced tremolo runs, & stretched single-note combinations that, if one were to view the music from the side, & unlike most of their past stabs at extended suites, neither rise to silver mountain height nor delve cavernous pits. After all, this is one mind trapped in a disorder of his own conjuration. To deviate from such a mess under the banner of grasping, or recanting, can only be illusory; the final few minutes' crescendo, the beguiling leitmotif first heard nearly a quarter of an hour ago, teases a crest into illumination, but, of course, never does.

Is it live, or is it Memorex?




Gonna suck when we run out of juice & every guitar is acoustic.

Yes, that's the actual setlist, from Aesop.
No, I didn't get it.
Yes, Agalloch proved, again, the existence of magic.

Agalloch @ The Beachland Ballroom: Limbs; Ghosts of the Midwinter Fires; Faustian Echoes; Not Unlike the Waves; Of Stone, Wind, and Pillor; Our Fortress is Burning, Pt. 1; Our Fortress is Burning, Pt. 2: Bloodbirds; As Embers Dress the Sky; Hallways of Enchanted Ebony; You We're But A Ghost In My Arms; In the Shadow of Our Pale Companion; Kneel to the Cross. Encore #1: Dead Winter Days. Encore #2: Falling Snow.


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

That's right, R.G.

Once the grid fails, you're going to be wearing Jesus sandals and strumming an acoustic guitar just like the rest of us. Probably a tie dye as well.

Prunella Vulgaris said...

but it'll be neo-folk, so it'll be COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.

yeah, that was a fantastic show (I was hoping that was you who got the playlist), and I'm glad we got two hours of swank. Didn't dig the opener as much as Worm, but hey. Two hours!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

♪ Truckin'...Got my grid cashed in... ♫

Demeur said...

You forgot those two great hits "they laid off the fire dept." and "nobody paid the exorcist".

Randal Graves said...

if, just say no. And next time, any outburst of Gratefulism will be punished with weeks of Ludovico-ed C-Span.

duchess, sad that two hours is such a rarity these days, but if anyone's gonna do that, I'm quite happy it was them. I need to metalize the Snoopy Dance.

demeur, oh, volunteerism works wonders. Don't you remember Moe, Apu, & Co. not putting out the fire at the Flanders homestead?

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

To air is human...

Beach Bum said...

Gonna suck when we run out of juice & every guitar is acoustic.

As long as there is beer everything should be okay.

susan said...

When the juice fails won't there still be plenty of gerbils running on Rube Goldberg devices to power the amps?

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

They won't go to eleven anymore, susan.

Randal Graves said...

BB, you just keep your parrotheadcasing to yourself, hippie.


if, Smell the Grid, that's their best album.

Laura said...

Well as you know, I like the folksy music and hey.. I hate juice so, I'll be ok. :)
Just don't take my diet coke with Lime away from me. It could get ugly then....


Randal Graves said...

Folk is good, but the Dead do zip for me. The Evil Dead on the other hand.

Tengrain said...

Graves, you swine!

That is all.



PS - if you think I'm gonna listen to that, then you are crazier than Bachmann at ShariaFest 2001.

Randal Graves said...

We all understand the dangers of too much sun and smog, skinny tie.