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  • posted: February 25 @ 7:49pm
Spatula.

Comments

Chuck Damage says:
I've never heard of them before. What kind of music do they play?
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 7:51pm -
GrowWithTheFlow says:
If the Campbell's Soup company made beer, it would look like whatever you're drinking.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 7:53pm -
Felix Mustachio says:
All of Spatula's releases have been nothing short of brilliant, and Despina by Land seems like something of a pinnacle -- the album follows 1996's rather minimal Under the Veil of Health with a return to the gorgeous three-piece composition of 1995's Medium Planers and Matchers. As those familiar with the band might expect, it's an excellently composed, subtle album which moves like jazz or post-rock, speaks like indie rock, and manages to get highly unconventional without truly getting abstract. Even more so than on some previous releases, the band's emphasis moves as much toward melodica, keys, and cello as it does toward bass and guitar: the opening "Voyage of the Slan" drones prettily along without feeling compelled to lapse into bombast, and only after a lengthy tonal development does the band break into angular guitar constructions, reminiscent of a smaller, less bombastic Don Caballero or early Pell Mell. Through all of the tracks which follow, Spatula's composition is equally keen -- the album's songs are varied and complex, but never seem to stray from the band's central and idiosyncratic sound, or their primary set-up as a three-piece rock band. There's a careful and intelligent management of sound operating behind this: The album's drifting, downbeat moments are kept gorgeous, but given a slight edge that never makes the mistake of lapsing into a melodramatic explosion -- and, like a post-rock project, the band finds its power in sweeping compositions rather than conventional crunches and wails. All of this is true, to some extent, of Medium Planers and Matchers, but Despina by Land pushes the sound into polished and fully realized territory -- as always, Chuck Johnson's vocals thread their way in and out of a plush instrumental backdrop, clearing a space between indie rock, post-rock, and pure brilliance. ~ Nitsuh Abebe, All Music Guide
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Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 7:53pm -
Felix Mustachio says:
Old Milwaukee FTW.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 7:54pm -
Dirty Pirate says:
are you sure you havent traveled back in time? can you at least get FM? and yes, "Old Milwaukee FTW". my dad will completely agree with you. maybe old milwaukee light though.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:14pm -
mattyc says:
never heard of em.
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:59pm -
mattyc says:
are they as good as 2 live crew?
Posted: Feb 25th, 2010 - 8:59pm -
Absolutely says:
@felix Old Millwaukee YES
Posted: Feb 26th, 2010 - 1:27am -
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