Reviews in 200 Words

Excavacations, "Afternoon Future"

In Album, podcast on April 19, 2011 at 2:08 pm


You have to be patient with this stuff, no doubt. But if you are patient — patient the way you have to be when you’re listening to an orchestra take on a masterpiece – you’ll find yourself rewarded. Layers peel back and you start hearing noises and effects you didn’t hear before. It’s picaresque. The album moves quickly from style to style, with so many noises humming behind tremendous, beautiful melodies. Sparse arrangements yield up to lush waves of sound.


The product of a long-distance music-making adventure, this album is experimental without putting anyone off, and it’s poppy without being saccharine. Voices come and go, conjuring echoes of Dylan and Rob Pollard. Wisely, these two talented musicians never let any one sound overwhelm another.


Best of all, Excavacations don’t take themselves too seriously. Why else would they end this album (released on cassette tape, nonetheless) with a bizarre narration about two balloonists trying to evade a tempest and a flock of angry geese?


It’s weird stuff, yeah. There’s a story here, but it’s enigmatic. It’s a mystery that wants to be solved. Who are these people? What’s going on? There are few answers but plenty of satisfaction in searching.


Click here to download this week’s official Beat Jab Podcast, featuring Excavacations’ “Afternoon Future.”


And if you like what you hear, click here to visit Excavacations’ label, Avant Archive. Along with the Excavacations album you’ll find plenty of great, independently made music (most of it available digitally and on cassette tape). “Afternoon Future” is currently out of print on tape, but they are offering a digital download for $3.

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