‘Mountains + Valleys’ SOLD OUT/Reissued by Tacu Tacu Records!

Spectacular Commodity’s limited edition cassette pressing of ‘Mountains + Valleys’ has officially SOLD OUT (see here for the few copies left in shops), but a limited run CD-R edition has been announced by Peru’s Tacu Tacu Records. ¬†Most of those copies will be sold in South America, but a few copies will make their way overseas. ¬†Contact the label for more information.

Here’s an in-depth review of the album from San Francisco’s Aquarius Records:

Latest from this SF by way of Australia (by way of SF again) singer/songwriter, and first with a newly formed band featuring members of Comets On Fire and the Castanets. The sound is all over the map, drifting from crunchy post punk, to woozy psychedelic drift, to countrified rust belt songsmithery, and several other stops in between.”

“Opener “Straight Spines” starts things off with a blast of low slung bass heavy post punk, definitely reminiscent of the Wipers, with a killer weird constantly shifting tempo, slowing down, then speeding right back up again, in a way the deftly makes that tempo shift an integral part of the song. Hooky and a little bit heavy, driving and catchy like crazy, and that tempo shift just kills us every time, so unexpected, but so cool.”

“Then there’s “There Is No Edge Of The World To Run To”, which sounds like some lost Uncle Tupelo outtake, Beach’s vocals rough and warmly ragged, over some simple twang and strum, darkly emotive and intense, and when the drums come in, the song becomes a cool sort of droney countrified slowcore. There’s also the drifty twangy shimmer of the title track, and the warm jangly balladic closer, “So Said The Bird”, which broods and soars, underpinned by whirring organs, the deep crooned vox wreathed in the dusty twang of the guitars, and a blurred reverby patina. Beach peppers the record with brief experimental interludes as well, which range from noisy psychedelic freakouts to woozy late night drones. Gorgeous stuff for sure.”

Posted on December 11th, 2011

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