Tuesday, February 26, 2008

New album release... Evangelicals

Picking up where their 2006 debut So Gone left off, Evangelicals leave behind much of their ADD-addled approach on The Evening Descends, instead taking their wealth of great ideas and harnessing them for good. The hyperactive, overdriven pop is still here, but it is balanced with restraint--not a lot, but enough--that allows the songs to shine through. All this and stories, too: Beneath the shrieks of guitars, keyboard blasts, and proggy space-age grooves, singer/guitarist Josh Jones leads the listener through tales of religion and revivalism, plus insanity, drugs, black-outs, zombies, good and evil, car crashes, love and a mental institution called Bellawood. Jones's wild narratives and propulsive pop songs are anchored with the right balance of stoicism and wit by bassist/keyboardist Kyle Davis and drummer Austin Stephens.

Still not sure what to make of the madness? Evangelicals' The Evening Descends just might be Oklahoma's answer to Prince's Around the World in a Day, but from the perspective of someone crashing at Pee-Wee's Playhouse... who happens to have a chainsaw slowly gnawing through his leg. The Evening Descends is crazy, self-assured and above all, a totally wild ride.

The Evening Descends... and worlds collide. First you hear the prodigious musical skill: the deft guitar work, the clever pop sensibility, the wild arrangements. But then on other end of the spectrum there is the innocent and youthful charm of a trio of lost boys who seem to have no business making music with such maturity and sophistication. Taken together, you have Evangelicals, a wholly demented ensemble from Norman, OK. Dabbling in glam, slipping in a little funk and soul, drinking the psychedelic Kool-aid, blasting the synths, cranking up the guitars, and wrapping it all up with a dose of pop smarts, The Evening Descends is the first great album of 2008. Highly Recommended!

Evangelicals - Skeleton Man
Evangelicals - Midnight Vignette (mov)
Evangelicals @ MySpace

Evangelicals - Midnight Vignette

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Blogger Ziggy said...

Bella - No One Will Know (2007) !!!
+ Loney Dear, Interpol, Jens Lekman, The Strokes,
The Decemberists, The Duke Spirit, Doves, etc.

The Dillinger Escape Plan - Ire Works (2008)
The Robocop Kraus - Albums
+ Beatstakes, David Bowie, Dälek, Jesu, Boris,
The Smashing Pumpkins, Peter Bjorn And John, U2,
Radiohead, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Fugazi, The Miths, etc.

VA - Factotum OST !!!
Sandy Dillon - Pull The strings !!!
Dadafon - Lost Love Chords !!!
Foremost Poets - Man Like Me [Vinyl]

Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend (2008) !!!
Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna Are You The Destroyer
Matt Costa - Songs We Sing
VA - Juno OST
Travis - 12 Memories
Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear The Heart Beating as One
The Fratellis - Costello Music
+ The Strokes, Muse, RHCP, The Beatles, Kanye West,
Jack Johnson, Phish, Five For Fighting, Cake, etc.

Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

Sum 41, Superbus, The Offspring, The Divine Comedy, etc.

Evanescence - The Open Door


Erlend Oye - Dj Kicks

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd really like to know what you're looking for at Google to find all those links and pages.

4:20 PM  
Blogger Giovanni said...

you should never ask for ...

9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone post the The Bird And The Bee's albums?

3:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the second link doesn't work.

4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The forth one needs a password

2:01 AM  

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