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Old World Vulture

by Old World Vulture

The debut EP by this Toronto four-piece weaves elements of rock, drone, psychedelia and electronica into a pulsing swirl of melodic sound.
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Destroyer
1:58 FREE
2. Bastard Engine
4:19 $0.99
3. How the West Was Lost
5:00 $0.99
4. Benny
3:16 $0.99
5. ’Changing Thoughts
4:39 $0.99
6. Too Much Eye Makeup
4:55 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Over the course of the six songs, elements of drone, psychedelia, electronica and rock are weaved into a “…sonic landscape that hovers through a fusion of primordial noise and plaintive beauty…” (LonelyVagabond.com), each driven by “uplifting synth melodies, booming bass runs, overwhelming beats and contemplative guitar lines.” (CHARTattack.com).

In the summer of 2009, three songs – “Bastard Engine,” “Benny” and “How the West Was Lost” – were recorded with Chris Hegge (Fucked Up, The Meligrove Band, The Coast) at Toronto’s AudioLab Recording Company. In early 2010, the band returned to the studio to record three more songs – “Destroyer,” “’Changing Thoughts” and “Too Much Eye Makeup” – which were combined with re-mixed versions of their earlier recordings to round out the EP.

Advanced versions of “Benny,” “How the West Was Lost” and “Bastard Engine” were released as free digital downloads at the end of 2009, each with an exclusive remix by electronic producer Valiise.

“We pushed ourselves in new directions that we didn’t necessarily feel comfortable with,” says guitarist Mike Costanzo. “Instead of writing music to support vocal melodies and concepts, which we were all used to, we focused on song structure, mood and instrumentation; often building songs around a fragmented bass or synth line, disjointed drum loop or sampled spoken-word element. But there’s definitely a focused pop element to the songs that stems from our teenage attachments to early ’90s East Coast Canadian indie rock and Brit pop.”

Press quotes:

“[Old World Vulture] take what bands such as Mogwai and Do Make Say Think do and add layers of their own creativity to it — and it translates powerfully live.”

“…hits with an immediacy not often heard in the [instrumental post-rock] genre.”

“[Old World Vulture] offers a more extroverted take on instrumental post-rock and see no reason why sweeping cinematic soundscapes can’t live in harmony with squelching synths and heavy-ass guitar riffing.”



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