Monday, September 1, 2008

losing today

two lovely reviews by losing today - one for the moon & one for ascent of everest.
mark's such an excellent writer, he could probably make politicians seem human...but what a waste.
many thanks mark, for the reviews and for not using your considerable skills to further the dark side!
here they be:

we all inherit the moon
be fair warned those brave enough to venture here may well require counselling or at the very least a re-assuring arm around their shoulder and someone promising that everything will be alright. Hell we’ve bawled ourselves dry throughout the three showcased tracks of this the debut self titled mini full length (5 tracks in case you are asking titled ’part I.….part V’) from the shy eyed trio known as we all inherit the moon. Limited to just 500 vinyl copies and apparently by all accounts a thing of visual beauty featuring as it does exceptional art work, inserts and the kind of attention to packaging detail that these days sadly seems like a dying trade. Anyhow before we go off in search of a copy of our own and earmark it for an immediate full review then I feel a deserved word or two is called for. Measured and elegantly poised We All Inherit the Moon craft out the most alluring of fragile snow globed montages that we’ve had the pleasure of hearing in such a long while. Introspective and delicate the twinkle some ’part 1’ is a sparsely speckled humbling experience of pining pirouettes and sleepy headed collages all rested upon a bed of skittering beats and all trained with a classical eye not so dissimilar it has to be said to the more mellower inclines of Inch Time. With its beautifully conceived Satie like piano braids the frosted ’part IV’ offers a refined slice of intimate sophistication that gently swells and falls edging itself with ease past your defences only to thaw and blossom momentarily before softly reclining into the ether. Best of the set though without question is the lulling lullaby-esque ’part III’ - a wide screen lunatic suite gliding serenely through the voids peppered daintily by chiming corteges and no doubt made of the same stuff that holds the stars aloft in the night sky. Arresting in a word.

the ascent of everest
six piece hailing from Nashville, Tennessee who to date already have one full length tucked under their collective jumpers in the shape of ‘how lonely sit’s the city’ which if these three showcasing cuts are anything to judge by should be elevated up the wants list of any self respecting fan of brooding come epic post rock orchestrating. Nods aplenty to early Godspeed and classic era Constellation and Kranky releases, there’s no refuting that the excellently named the Ascent of Everest know a thing or two about crafting jaw dropping emotionally ravaged symphonies, ‘alas alas the breath of life’ is a hulking babe that within it arcing stately framing has the ability to drag you across a whole spectrum of emotions as it traverses from its lazy eyed string swept noire like slumber to slowly build in texture, density and mass into an all consuming tear welling journey’s end / home coming crescendo that sadly abruptly ends just as things are veering into turbulent fractures. By contrast the effects pedal laden ’as the city burns’ starts turbulently and then settles down to unwind amid lulling atmospherics daintily decorated by the wintry hue of twinkling bells, violins and cellos before unexpectedly being pierced by a celestial ceremony of stratospheric riff arpeggios before receding to simmer only to repeat the process only this time to greater and more volcanic effect - think of a super charged Set Fire to Flames. Last of the trio ’molotov’ - perhaps the best moment here and where the godspeed references are most realised is beautifully decoded in a classically refined sheen, all at once tender and poised the melodies achingly swirl to arc and caress delicately slowly gathering momentum as the showers of cloud parting feedback momentarily rise in heaven bound halos to entwine with the guide lighting violins before dissipating into hiding. Momentous stuff.

Monday, August 4, 2008

sputnik has landed/silent ballet has begun

head over to sputnik musik for the latest/greatest, a review from the wonderful tyler of sputnik magazine.

oh wait...actual review, here...

plus, while you're in the mood for some light summer reading - silent ballet recently posted an album review as well, here.

proving at least 2 people have listened to the record besides our moms.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Handmade - Because We Are Not Machines!

Vinyl’s out & getting about.
Five-song album, hand-sewn, hand-screened covers, individually hand-etched B side with original John Thompson cover artwork and hand-signed print, limited to 500.
You can see more photos of the artwork (just click on it).

vinyl record print

vinyl front and cover

Nab a copy of your own from or head over to that massive beast known as ebay if you prefer.
Then sit & spin to your heart’s content.

Seriously, you should get one, between t-shirt piles & records, the house kinda looks like a messy factory/explosion.

Oh & speaking of….t-shirts are out & getting about too.
Here they be:

moon shirt in green

moon shirt in orange

100% cotton sweatshop-free american apparel rock star fit shirts.

the small and mediums are available in a cool army green (as pictured)

the large comes in orangeish, emerald green, aqua blue, light blue or grey.

Please specify what size you'd like in the “Notes” part of paypal.

Perfect for people who want to go another day without doing laundry.

Love, the moon

Monday, June 2, 2008

moon or a rising star?

many thanks to The Silent Ballet for a great review and deciding we're rising stars : )
a virtual post-rock wonderland, it's one of our favorite sites ever, even before the review!
read it here.

oh and if you read our earlier post, artwork's changed.
still awesome, just less intricacies and less nude-y ladies.
and possibly even more handmade but that's classified for now.
apparently the legendary psychedelic artwork of John Thompson does not translate well with modern-day lasers.
analog for life!!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Recording an Album in 5 Easy Steps

Step 1. To save time and make things as simple as possible, be sure to have some band members live at least 500 miles away.

Step 2. Try to coordinate the beginning of recording during many other time-consuming/life-altering occasions, like moving into a new house, quitting a job, working overtime, mid-terms or any combination of the above.

Step 3. Do all actual recording while everyone is really sick. If you can manage it, also break a bone or two, or something equally unpleasant.
Most importantly, nobody should get too much sleep!

Step 4. Spend all your money. On toys, food and booze.

Step 5. Garnish with a pile of noisy kittens to keep things rumpus-y 24 hours a day.

VoilĂ ! You're done.

If all goes according to plan, you should end up with a record you’ve never heard before because you’ll be too exhausted to remember the last month.

We All Inherit the Moon is at the pressing plant today and we’re happy and TIRED!!!

Many thanks to Vinyl Momma and her man at Erika Records for being so cool.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

we all inherit the moon - new album

new record is in the works...self-titled we all inherit the moon...180 gram vinyl, laser-etched album in a hand sewn cover. made with love, just for you. enjoy now at our myspace site...we all inherit the moon.