‘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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