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Angel Eyes "…And for a Roof a Sky Full of Stars." CD

Posted on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008 @ 7:11am » permalink

Angel Eyes - ...And for a Roof a Sky Full of Stars.The excellently titled two-song EP, "…And for a Roof a Sky Full of Stars.", is the latest from Chicago's Angel Eyes (two members of which happen to have recently started their own music review blog called I'm the Most Important Fucking Person in the World., if you're interested), once more on Underground Communique. And two damn lengthy songs they are, each topping 10 minutes, with the total running time clocking in at nearly a half-hour long. Each composition is untitled this time around, again dominated by instrumental work that reserves well-placed vocal explosions for absolutely fucking huge payoffs; while the instrumentation shuffles through a wide range of what many would love to tag "post-rock" and "metalgaze" characteristics. But it's better, so much better, because the aggression of the vocals against the massive, sludgy poundings resulting from the buildups is all just crushing. It's a great dash of variety overall, and everything flows together perfectly with bits and pieces of experimental flare in the form of subtle samples (I think?) against rumbling ambient feedback and assorted guitar textures. I don't know man, it's hard to pull off a fucking 16-minute song, but these cats can make it happen rather fluidly. Good stuff. Handsome little screenprinted chipboard envelope sleeve with killer lyrics, too:

When I was younger I would wake up each morning and run to the window to see if the world was obliterated in the night in some kind of cold war nuclear clash. Then one day I blinked my eyes and found myself an adult without much left to believe in, given the state of things. Sometimes for old time's sake I still look out the window in the morning to see if the sky is falling.

There's so much more to it than what I've said above, which kind of makes me look like an ass, but as usual I'd just like to let the music do most of the talking here, so… check out the snippet below and see what you think.

Angel Eyes "Untitled" (excerpt)

It's only $5 or $6, so… yeah. See below…

Purchase:

@ Underground Communique
@ Interpunk

5 Comments...

  1. Cowboy says:

    what really catch my interest is quote on Underground Communique myspace page:

    "For fans of Spaghetti Western / Ennio Morricone movie scores mixed with Epic stoner-rock that leans more towards the hardcore side of the genre. "

    I mean Ennio Morricone. That so well knowing song for The good the bad and the ugly is probably one of the best movie songs EVER! I don't know much of the rest of his work (of course he made music for quite a lot movies) and this excerpt is only 4 minutes long so I can't tell if there is Morricone "hidden" somewhere in the song.

  2. Todd says:

    Actually, I shamelessly ripped off one of my riffs in the beginning of song One from a riff from the "For a Few Dollars More" soundtrack, although I agree that our "Morricone influence" is somewhat buried, although undeniably present.

  3. chris says:

    being a music "critic" and in a band at the same time is a very unfavorable place to be in. 'cause you have to walk the walk as well. but these guys walk it like a motherfucker. the album title alone got me all pensive. strange how it fits the music, though. which is more creative and curious and rewarding than any of the "post-rock/metalgaze-with-buildups" shit i've heard so far. excellent.

  4. Cowboy says:

    i agree. even in genre like post rock which has became quite "popular" in latest few years you can find interesting band. curious to here more…

  5. davehazard says:

    I'm immediately enjoying this. Made me put on the YoNL 'nord' album. Check out 1:30 through the clip you posted, then check out 3:00 in to Traversee on 'nord'. Sounds pretty close, which is far from a bad thing.

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