‘Math Rock’ has never been my thing. ¬†I feel like I have to get at least 10 hours of sleep and eat a hearty breakfast for a listen of that magnitude, and then write a 10-page essay ¬†on the under-appreciation of music theory in relation to modern music. ¬†No thanks, man.

Enter Celestial Shore. ¬†I’ve been forced to swallow my pride and admit that, when done right, technicality does not always mean ‘overwhelming’.

Once the album drops, you’ll probably read a lot of similar reviews noting Dirty Projectors as a big influence, but I hear the eccentricity of Brian Wilson’s ‘Smile’ sessions, where every track leads you through 3 or 4 smaller songs. ¬†As far as structure, this is about as technical as indie music gets. ¬†Time signatures and tempos change in and out like an improv jazz session a la ‘Trout Mask Replica’, yet the harmonies gracefully float over it all, keeping every track listenable and, most importantly, enjoyable. ¬†It’s jazz, it’s psychedelia, it’s pop…it’s a bad arse record. ¬†Once the 9th track ends, you’re going to want to start it over, I promise.

For a limited time, the album can be heard in its entirety on Pitchfork Advance: https://pitchfork.com/advance/201-10x

It’s actually $19 shipped to all of you statesiders. ¬†And for all of you rich kids, there’s also a deluxe option that includes “your own Magic Rocks kit, handy for recreating the technicolor crystal wonderland featured on the Prince Rama-designed packaging for¬†10x”.

 

The Details

The LP, pressed in a limited first edition of 500 on clear vinyl, is packaged in a heavyweight 24pt. matte-finish jacket and includes a digital download coupon (MP3, FLAC).
10x features art by Prince Rama.

Price $19

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