Sunday, January 06, 2008

British Sea Power "Do You Like Rock Music?"

Artist: British Sea Power
Album: Do You Like Rock Music?
Label: Rough Trade
Release date: 14 January 2008
Genre: Rock
Style: Indie Rock
RIYL: Doves, Arcade Fire

01. All In It
02. Lights Out For Darker Skies
03. No Lucifer
04. Waving Flags
05. Canvey Island
06. Down On The Ground
07. A Trip Out
08. The Great Skua
09. Atom
10. No Need To Cry
11. Open the Door
12. We Close Our Eyes
Total running time: 54' 37"

[British Sea Power - Open MySpace Standalone Music Player]

[British Sea Power - Waving Flags - Video Clip]

"Resident Brightonites, British Sea Power, have never been a band to follow the crowd. Eccentric, whimsical and with the freedom that an indie label and insanely loyal fan base brings, each record has defied expectations. The seafarer's third album outing is, again, sent to test the limits of what we conceive as ‘rock’.

There's an intensely dark, churchlike presence running through Do You Like Rock Music?, dragging you under the pounding, rolling drums and chants. From opening track, "All In It" there's a distinctly lush, anthemic, Arcade Fire-tinged feel to the tracks. The Canadian's influence is all over this record with its violin arrangements and touches of organ. This is hardly surprising as Howard Bilerman, the Arcade's drummer on their debut, Funeral, is a player at the production - and part of the recording schedule even took in the crazy storms of Canada's landscape, with the sound of power lines snapping under the weight of ice.

Drenched in the rousing chanting behind Yan's lush, breathy vocals on "No Lucifier", or the stunning, layered epic guitar-scapes in "Waving Flags" - there's a real cerebral sense of rock at play here. It will undoubtedly make you gawp, when you see this kind of shattering reverb live at a festival this summer.

But it's not all about Canada on this record: Three albums in, the BSP have roped in three producers with the aforementioned Bilerman working alongside Graham Sutton (Jarvis Cocker, Bark Psychosis), and Efrim Menuck (Godspeed You! Black Emperor). Recorded in locations as varied as Cornwall and the Czech Republic - it miraculously comes together without a hint of discombobulation.

There is some familiar territory here, "Down On The Ground" having already appeared on the band's recent EP, Krankenhaus? as well as the future BSP classic, "Atom". Yet it’s not all bombast. Do You like Rock Music? does have its quieter, less dramatic moments such as "No Need to Cry" and "The Great Skua" which vie for your attention with subtle detail revealed by multiple listens. Altogether it's an inventive and intriguing listen, never quite laying itself bare and all the more powerful when listened to in its entirety." [source]


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