Twenty Centuries of Stony Sleep | She Dreamed a Drought

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She Dreamed a Drought

by Twenty Centuries of Stony Sleep

Savage and Inflamed, Violent and Original, Sweetly Sad. Post Hardcore - Noise Rock - Alternative Indie Rock
Genre: Rock: Noise
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Confluence
3:33 $0.99
2. I Invoke Ragnarok
3:13 $0.99
3. White Hospital Room
2:57 $0.99
4. Something Temporary
2:53 $0.99
5. Vertical Stranger
3:04 $0.99
6. Heartstrings
4:42 $0.99
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Album Notes
'She Dreamed A Drought' is the follow up to TCOSS' 2012 release, 'Circuit Crooks'.

"The Yeats-loving Calgary boys Twenty Centuries of Stony Sleep are in a period of transition, and you can hear that in their music. The sound of former albums The Children of Lions and Garudas and Circuit Crooks wore their nineties’ indie rock influences proudly, skilfully channelling the energy and aesthetic of the lo-fi gods (Brock, Malkmus, and Francis). With their new releases, however, TCOSS have caged their inner-Pixies, and unleashed their power animal. I Invoke Ragnarok rips and tears with more ferocity than we have ever heard out of the quintet. Guitarist Dave Neufeld races out the gates with a rabid power chord riff, sounding more Queen’s of the Stone Age than Pavement, and singer Alexi Davis follows suit, starting each verse with a throat-damaging howl. The result is a new found, and red-blooded intensity that fits quite well on them.

However, some things do stay the same. The band’s name is a line from William Butler Yeats’ apocalyptic vision The Second Coming, where post-WWI Europe is likened to Earth after Judgement Day. As their nom de guerre, it is an apt title, as TCOSS’s lyrics have always played with political satire and end of days symbolism. I Invoke Ragnarok is no exception. “Everything is paved in stone, and the world has come undone” mixes itself with “Handsome politicians learn not to care” to create an Orwellian dystopia. The term Ragnarok itself, as described in Scandinavian mythology, is a series of events that leads to their version of the apocalypse, ultimately submerging the whole world in water (Daniel is a huge Age of Mythology fan). Grim material for sure, but the kind of studied darkness that made Radiohead’s post-The Bends material so enthralling. And with Alexi Davis’s vehement delivery, and the band’s invigorated performance, a warm soul is kept in the heart of the song, deterring it from the apathetic fatalism of Kid A and Amnesiac. Instead, what TCOSS’s new material offers is thoughtful and calculated lyrics, all wrapped in fist-pumping, passionate music."...

... "In Something Temporary, Neufeld sings of losing his dog, his friend, and nearly himself in his younger years. And that bittersweet blend of melancholy and nostalgia is so perfectly captured by the band you can’t help but be moved by the sentiment. The subtle cymbal notes by drummer Joel Briggs, and the piano delicately bouncing around the simple guitar strumming feels like childhood lullabies. Like Sufjan Stevens’ Casimir Pulaski Day, death is described with the straight-forwardness and simplicity of a child."




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