Terrene | The Indifferent Universe (2011 Version)

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The Indifferent Universe (2011 Version)

by Terrene

Walls of twinkling guitar sounds and pure analog oscillators, moments of lamentation, moments of euphoria, plinking ukeleles and doot-ing Nintendos, an occasional freakout/lonely violin. Terrene's debut album. Procuder: Phil Ek (The Shins, Built to Spill)
Genre: Rock: Shoegaze
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Andromeda
3:32 $0.99
2. Makr
2:38 $0.99
3. What We'll Never Be
3:42 $0.99
4. Stereo!
5:11 $0.99
5. Media Sift (Through Heart Rises)
4:24 $0.99
6. Unwelcome
3:47 $0.99
7. Fifty-One
2:41 $0.99
8. Fixed Up
3:00 $0.99
9. The Spirits on the Shelf
4:26 $0.99
10. Mermaid (Lost at Sea)
8:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
An exquisite work of art... The word "terrene" may mean "of or relating to the earth" but Terrene, the band, sounds anything but earthly. The echoic guitars chime beautifully with soaring harmonies whirling in from all directions, and every sound is obscured lightly by a lucid haze of reverb... Attempts to pigeonhole or compare Terrene's sound with established genres and artists usually result only in Frankensteinian conglomerations of eclectic bands -- a tooth of Sonic Youth, a couple toes of Sigur Ros, a Flaming Lip, maybe a few Blonde Redhead hairs sticking out somewhere, etc. -- but these stitched generalizations do no justice... "Fifty-One" is catchy as hell, and it showcases Terrene's strong points of good songwriting, aural expansion, and instrumental harmonies right off the bat. The 8-bit video game sounds and keyboard-led melodies of "Unwelcome" are giddy, danceable, and just plain fun to listen to. "The Spirits On The Shelf" is breathtakingly moving, with a backdrop of soft mandolins and violins keeping the emotions aloft. "Media Sift (Through Heart Rises)" begins with a simultaneous crash of instrumentation, layered with high-tempo rhythms and low-tempo chord progressions over which Dylan's resonant vocals and nostalgic lyrics are stretched. After what seems to be a verse, the song leaps into what seems to be a chorus, but before long it becomes apparent that there is no sense turning back. Every few measures the song grows an increment, the melodies expand to make way for more melodies, and the sphere of harmonies augments. Finally, once it reaches its own apex, Dylan concludes the lyrics with the line "Each wake leaves every dream unsure, to media sifts and nothing more" and the song vaults into a final hurrah before exploding into a hushed fallout of dissipating guitar plucks. The most notable characteristic of this song is how naturally it abandons the standard verse-chorus-verse-chorus structure in favor of a linearized, progressive structure. In this sense, it never retrogresses or becomes redundant, even as some elements of the percussion, guitar harmonies, and vocal lines remain consistent throughout. Terrene's music is at its best when the listeners can look up at the panorama of the night's sky and feel that the music they are listening to is as mystical and expansive as the heavens above them. Terrene is a promising star, and one to watch for. If they can continue to grow, today's red dwarf might be tomorrow's supergiant. --Three Imaginary Girls



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