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The Gryphonator 10/09/12 06:43 PM

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Originally Posted by jdr277 (Post 114021622)
They will/already have created a cult following though.

Also I'm glad that choosing this Avatar a couple months ago wasn't a mistake, my previous one (Margot's - Rot, Gut, Domestic) turned out to be a huge letdown and they are one of my favorite bands. I have a feeling very few of my favorite bands will reach my top 10 this year, so many new comers (Kishi Bashi, Alt-J, Dry The River, Vacationer...) have really stolen the spotlight IMO.

Kind of random, but I feel the first 3 songs off the Vacationer album are amazing, the rest aren't nearly as good. What are your thoughts?

The Gryphonator 10/09/12 06:45 PM

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Originally Posted by jonwangcb (Post 114018932)
I'm beginning to really like this album, but it's big flaw is how "cute" it is. It's not just Spitting Image that's honey-drenched...the whole album is. Gone is the rawness that helped make Weathervanes what it was. Granted, most bands strive to step away from that sound, so I digress on that point.

But what happened to Judah Dadone's voice? When I first heard Dig Into the Waves, I had no idea who was singing it. The vocals are way overproduced, to the point where they're stepping into Owl City territory; especially on Winter Seeds. Judah has a very distinct voice, and that was obvious on Weathervanes. But if anyone has seen them live, they know that his voice is really lacking in that format. I think they overcompensated and his vocals ended up sounding like something or someone he is not.

I still will probably put this in my top 5 for the year, because front to back, this album is very good. These guys just know how to write music.

Don't mean to start a fight, but I would argue that Weathervanes is far more "cute" than Diluvia. In fact, I thought this the first time I heard the new album. It seems more mature than Weathervanes. No more lyrics like "Every now and then she offers me a lemon Now & Later."

Gregory Robson 10/09/12 07:06 PM

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Originally Posted by The Gryphonator (Post 114028522)
Don't mean to start a fight, but I would argue that Weathervanes is far more "cute" than Diluvia. In fact, I thought this the first time I heard the new album. It seems more mature than Weathervanes. No more lyrics like "Every now and then she offers me a lemon Now & Later."

Amen to that dude. It is FAR more grown-up. So far from cute. And omg, that lyric. It makes me cringe every time. So glad you brought it up.

jonwangcb 10/09/12 09:46 PM

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Originally Posted by The Gryphonator (Post 114028522)
Don't mean to start a fight, but I would argue that Weathervanes is far more "cute" than Diluvia. In fact, I thought this the first time I heard the new album. It seems more mature than Weathervanes. No more lyrics like "Every now and then she offers me a lemon Now & Later."

That line made me throw up in my mouth. So did the opening line of Kilojoules. But those were just lyrics, and that was only two songs. I guess what I'm trying to say about Diluvia is that it feels very delicate, both vocally and to a lesser extent, musically; I'm not necessarily referring to the lyrics. Maybe 'cute' wasn't the best choice of words.

I definitely agree that this is a major step forward for them. The album just took me a couple listens to get into. At this point, I'm fully immersed.

Gregory Robson 10/10/12 03:25 PM

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Originally Posted by jonwangcb (Post 114034442)
That line made me throw up in my mouth. So did the opening line of Kilojoules. But those were just lyrics, and that was only two songs. I guess what I'm trying to say about Diluvia is that it feels very delicate, both vocally and to a lesser extent, musically; I'm not necessarily referring to the lyrics. Maybe 'cute' wasn't the best choice of words.

I definitely agree that this is a major step forward for them. The album just took me a couple listens to get into. At this point, I'm fully immersed.

Oh, it's definitely an album that needs to be listened to at least twice to be fully understood. It felt pretty blah to me on the first listen. And while in some ways that's disappointing (everybody wants to feel an instant connection), I'm pretty darn happy with this album.

de1337ed 10/13/12 06:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Gregory Robson (Post 114058812)
Oh, it's definitely an album that needs to be listened to at least twice to be fully understood. It felt pretty blah to me on the first listen. And while in some ways that's disappointing (everybody wants to feel an instant connection), I'm pretty darn happy with this album.

First playthrough I definitely do not like the sound of this...gonna give it another go when I have the time

imtimwhoareyou 10/14/12 10:09 PM

Very different than Weathervanes... I really do actually like it, but I was hoping for a little more melodic draw rather than the ambient, electric feel.. Maybe more plucky banjo than is offered on Diluvia.

However, it's still a pretty complete record. I would love to see them fall somewhere between the two--maturity in lyrics and delivery, but musically more oriented toward the melody and strummed/plucked strings.

I should also mention--Doris Cellar, the female vocalist, sounds like the lead vocalist for Deas Vail... Haha... I could have sworn it was that guy until I read through the credits and did not find him there.

Gregory Robson 10/15/12 05:18 AM

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Originally Posted by imtimwhoareyou (Post 114208272)
Very different than Weathervanes... I really do actually like it, but I was hoping for a little more melodic draw rather than the ambient, electric feel.. Maybe more plucky banjo than is offered on Diluvia.

However, it's still a pretty complete record. I would love to see them fall somewhere between the two--maturity in lyrics and delivery, but musically more oriented toward the melody and strummed/plucked strings.

I should also mention--Doris Cellar, the female vocalist, sounds like the lead vocalist for Deas Vail... Haha... I could have sworn it was that guy until I read through the credits and did not find him there.

I actually think you echo how I feel too. I definitely wanted it to be more melodic and hookier. And instead they went with expansive and celestial. Sigh. Oh wells. It's still a badass album and they are still a badass band. Maybe record three will be the magnum opus we all are aching for.