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Selenography
Rachel's
Selenography
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
 
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Flowing in an ether not unlike the one surrounding Tortoise, the Rachel's count 10 members in their band, none of whom plays a plainly rocklike instrument--but all of whom know the force of well-executed musical drama. The...  more »

     
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All Artists: Rachel's
Title: Selenography
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Quarter Stick
Original Release Date: 6/8/1999
Release Date: 6/8/1999
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, Experimental Music, Progressive, Progressive Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 036172005529, 036172005512

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Flowing in an ether not unlike the one surrounding Tortoise, the Rachel's count 10 members in their band, none of whom plays a plainly rocklike instrument--but all of whom know the force of well-executed musical drama. Their songs are built on Rachel Grimes's piano and Jason Noble's guitars (and both of their miscellaneous instruments) and expand with the addition of trumpet, cello, viola, and percussion. Noble hails from Rodan (and another Kentucky-bred band, Slint, even shows an impress on these complex musical proceedings) and brings some indie-rock cred to this bunch, but aside from that, the Rachel's are a rather plainly drawn group of musicians going for a postrock and post-chamber-music vibe. They do a fine job, making music that sounds anxious in its small-nugget mullings. Edward Grimes's drums make a nice spinal column for the band, which at times seems washed out in minor keys and a calculated approach to not varying the group's formula or its hybrid after-classical mix too much. Like Pullman's Turnstyles and Junkpiles--which brought together reps from Tortoise, Rex, and Come--this recording both stays its unflappably midtempo, richly drawn course and sounds like an homage to a particularly somber musical mood, one the Rachel's portray very well. --Andrew Bartlett

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Rachel's Selnography soothes your wounds
06/14/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you have never heard the Rachel's, go now and make it your goal to hear them. Selenography is much like their past albums, though I think the sound is a bit sleeker. Grimes, Frederickson, and Noble's compositions are always of pure beauty, and this album is full of songs, without some of the filler past albums have had. Put it on and dream of a place where things are a little more beautiful."
Why Don't You Already Own This!
Eric Cason | Citizen of the World! | 01/15/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Stark like an artic winter's night, warm like green grass on a clear summer's day. Beautiful like fire dancing, ugly like life. A post-rock orchastral album for everyone (even your mom!) that takes what is best about Dirty Three, Godspeed you black emperor, and everyone else mining this territory and surpasses them all."
Worth your time
Eric Cason | 06/18/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is probably their best recording yet. They sound more confident than on earlier releases. For the uninitiated, start here."