Can't Quite Construct It
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Twin Atlas - "Roll On"

Can someone please tell me what kind of guitar is used to play the simple lead here? Its tone is clean and chiming and contrasts perfectly with the wash that constitutes the song’s base. While you’re at it, can you tell me what kind of voice is used to sing the double-tracked, reverb soaked vocal? I know that it’s the same kind used in Red House Painters and My Bloody Valentine, but I don’t know the model, the name of which I must find out if I’m to buy it on Ebay and record my own album with it. [Info]


Most Serene Republic - "Where Cedar Nouns and Adverbs Walk"

The word for Most Serene Republic is ‘precocious.’ In their youth and ambition and skill they remind me of another precocious talent: Jonathan Safran Foer. Foer seems to want to fit every idea he ever had into every word he writes, making for a dizzying read that is mostly as grating as it is impressive. Most Serene Republic has a similar problem/talent, and their debut promises that with some Ritalin and some patience they could record an album that would be enjoyable as well as impressive. As it stands, however, they are stressing me out (too many changes, too many ideas). Also, is their name supposed to be ironic? [Buy]

Posted by Jordan at October 18, 2005 8:35 PM

He's playing a Danelectro in some of the pictures.

A Rickenbacker 360 or 330 12 string + Vox AC30 is the ultimate in jingle-jangle.

Posted by ibobunot at October 18, 2005 9:57 PM

oh the Twin Atlas. flutter and stomp - book and roll. Poo-Pow Mt.!

Posted by k at October 18, 2005 11:22 PM

The Most Serene Republic have actually recorded a new album, but Arts & Crafts won't let them release it just yet (or at least that's what they said they had when I interviewed them for my site -- which is something I'm still working on transcribing, since I had to talk to all six of them at once). Anyway, they've been playing some of the new stuff in concert, and it has a lot more focus than anything on their debut, so they should be much easier to deal with in the future. As for the name, they said they chose it on a whim, but that was all they'd say.

Posted by matthew at October 19, 2005 1:42 AM

I dig them busy serenesters... I doubted too, but picked up their debut anyways, based on the A&C tie-in (and low sticker price!) and was pleasantly surprised... anyways ya gotta luv the fact that there's a decent band from Milton ON

BTW - the track you picked is the one that most stuck in my head... nice pick.

Posted by skritchy at October 20, 2005 9:02 AM

A question to our friends in the North: Do you need more kitchen sinks? Because it sounds like a crime spree up there. I enjoyed this review of MSR and the new Broken Social Scene:
"Brainy maximalism" is a phrase I wish I could've coined.

Posted by Todd at October 20, 2005 12:45 PM

Like the Most Serene song, Thank yoy!

Posted by scott at October 24, 2005 9:28 PM

I'd never heard of Most Serene Republic before, and then I saw them open for Metric in September. They were insane on stage. You could tell how much fun they were having. And their lead singer/trombonist is hilarious.

Their music is good too. Heh.

Posted by alira at October 25, 2005 3:36 PM

I'd never heard of Most Serene Republic before, and then I saw them open for Metric in September. They were insane on stage. You could tell how much fun they were having. And their lead singer/trombonist is hilarious.

Their music is good too. Heh.

Posted by alira at October 25, 2005 3:42 PM

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