Volcano Choir
Sep 3, 2013

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Released by: Jagjaguwar

Second full-length from Volcano Choir, the collaboration between Collections of Colonies of Bees (which, in turn, features members of Pele) and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.

From Under the Radar:

If Collections of Colonies of Bees' music is math rock, then it's hardly the vapid arithmetic you once learned in a room full of daydream believers at school. It's the romanticized, rose-tinted version of math as seen in Good Will Huntingcompassionate in a genre defined by aloofness.

From the word go, the swirling, unbroken organ synth in "Tiderays" is like a plumb line to a point of focusone where the band knows what it is and what it's trying to achieve.

Nowhere is this truer than in Repave's euphoric, stadium-ready choruses. The climax to "Acetate" seems designed specifically to raise spirits ("Shout it, shout it louder now," Vernon demands) while the sense of community offered by the group roar ("Set sail!")at the heartfelt zenith in "Byegone" is enough to invigorate even the most lifeless sloths among us.

None of the above is to say that there's not enough intricate detail throughout Repave to reward repeated listens.

The weightless nylon-stringed guitar lilt of "Alaskans," for example, has just enough embellishment surrounding it to enhance without overburdening (an electronic glitch here, a passing synth thereeven an old, unintelligible spoken recording).

With Unmap, Volcano Choir clearly had the raw materials it needed to create something stunningbut those materials were left unarranged, scattered, and disparate. Repave is built from the same basic building blocks, but they've been die-cast into a definite moldand the results are remarkable.


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    Tiderays (4:57)
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    Acetate (4:54)
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    Comrade (4:34)
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    Byegone (4:22)
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    Alaskans (4:55)
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    Dancepack (4:19)
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    Keel (4:32)
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    Almanac (6:28)

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