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The Line Between Myth and Reality Has Always Been In Finland

by Antennas to Heaven

Antennas to Heaven combine post rock instrumention with surreal lyrical ramblings about travelling sales reps, urban decay and drunk dogs. Comfortcomes.com describe the band as having the lyrical ingenuity of Arab Strap and the musical prowess of Mogwai
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1. Funnier With A Plank
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2. Redlight
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3. Twisted Innards
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4. Mallows
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5. The Wall's End
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6. The Dicing
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7. Hunting
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8. A Good Boy
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9. This Bloody Tarkhovsky Film
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10. Big Trev
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11. Which Animal Is Most Untrustworthy?
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Antennas to Heaven formed in late 2005 and are from the Newcastle-upon-Tyne area in North East England. The band has two members; Phil Hodgson who writes all of the lyrics and David Smith who deals with the music and vocals. The band draws upon post rock influences such as Mogwai and Explosions In The Sky and combines that with surreal lyrical ramblings that drift in and out of the layers of sound.

Their debut album 'The Line Between Myth and Reality Has Always Been In Finland' has been receiving growing exposure with comfortcomes.com recently giving the album a score of ten out of ten and the track 'This Bloody Tarkhovsky Film' being played on national radio in the UK.

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the lightningrod salesman

floating from cloud to cloud, i heard a sound and it lifted me higher.
i found these guys in myspace, and bought the cd. it is a wonderful album swimming in lightly played guitars, smooth vocals and ambiences. the songs build slowly and purely, with intricately woven harmonies. the style rings of godspeed you! black emporer, mogwai, explosions in the sky, and sigur ros.
i recommend this cd readlily to anyone who appreciates good, creative, original music.
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Brett Spaceman

This may be the find of the week
This may be the find of the week. Antennas to Heaven blend their post rock sensibilities with spoken-word vocals to create something both original yet satisfying. They may take their name from a GYBE album, but their music is far more accessible than that of the lauded Montreal collective. This feels like an album of songs rather than progressive orchestral themes.

The album is the work of lyricist Phil Hodgson and musician/singer David Smith. Although based in Newcastle, you'd be forgiven if your thoughts turned north to Glasgow. If ever a band typified a label composite, Antennas to Heaven embody the entire Chemikal Underground roster circa 1997 -the bitter monologue style of Arab Strap, the deadpan of The Delgados, the rarified Aerogramme plus of course there's no escaping the M-word again! Some of the music here is steeped in Mogwai. Big Trev being a good example.

The songs themselves are all little vignettes of their own. It's like listening to an audio novel by Iain Banks, voiced by a different gritty, regional accent with soundtrack by Explosions In The Sky. The stories range from humorous to grim, touching to philosophical. There should be something provocative for everyone here. This Bloody Tarkhovsky [sic] Film questions the self in a way the great director himself might have. It's Philip K. Dick without the aid of chemicals. A Good Boy is told from a dogs perspective, locked in a bathroom WITH the aid of chemicals. (He's drunk) Wry stuff this before becoming "a blur". Funnier with a plank tips a nod, I think, to Eric Sykes' The Plank? Here transporting a roll of carpet provides the mirth - all very Irvine Welsh as it slides from the whimsical to the bizarre. The mood is more Kafka during the unsettling transformation that is The Dicing.

So a vocal debt then to Arab Strap and more than a musical nod to the likes of Mogwai, a blend which could be likened to a less electronic Meanwhile Back in Communist Russia. However as musicians, I get the impression Antennas are running in an attempt to catch up with their own ideas. There's a willful amateurism at play. The CD arrives in a rather artisan, recycled paper sleeve. Hand designed and made, embossed with something like gold leaf filigree and then sealed with massive strips of masking tape. This mirrors the music, which is at once delicate and loving, yet somehow restrained by technicalities. Nigel Godrich I'm sure, wasn't behind the desk for this one.

The handmade angle works though. The packet is tactile and fun. The music too, is steeped in charm. However it's within the ideas department, the wit and observation on display, where their cup rather runneth over. These guys should be frog-marched to the nearest top studio and let loose without delay. The results might well be overwhelming.

The meaning of the title The Line Between Myth and Reality Has Always Been in Finland must remain secret. The only reality is - grab this bargain disc before it becomes a myth of its own
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Alice Roth - comfortcomes.com

Every note should be consumed slowly and savoured.
It is no secret that I love these guys, as those of you who have read my previous review of ‘Antennas To Heaven’s’ demo will know. I have been waiting with uninhibited childlike excitement to finally hear the full-length album – and it has exceeded my expectations.

‘The Line Between Myth and Reality Has Always Been In Finland’ is the bands debut record. I would like to say how impressed I am by the hand made CD cover. It adds a personal touch, something that you very rarely see, contributing to the unique style of this band.

There are several instrumental tracks, one of my favourite being ‘Which Animal Is Most Untrustworthy?’ Delicate guitars wrap themselves around you and before you know it you are engulfed in the music as everything else floats away, a truly stunning song. I have previously mentioned ‘Mogwai’ in my first review, but if you are partial to a bit of the ‘gwai then you will really appreciate theses guys too.

Lyrically ‘Big Trev’ has a sad, reminiscent tone interspersed with humour, as he tries to recall his friends face “There is no face at all just blackness, when I try to imagine it to force it through with my will, I can’t even remember what it should look like”. The music that continues when the last words have been spoken has a powerful intensity that complements the lyrics. You can imagine drifting in and out of consciousness whilst battling with yourself to retrieve a long lost image.

Over all ‘The Line Between Myth and Reality Has Always Been In Finland’ is a rich cocktail of dark melodies and intriguing lyrics. Every note should be consumed slowly and savoured.
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