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Shapes Stars Make - Shapes Stars Make

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Shapes Stars Make - Shapes Stars Make
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Release Date: April 2008
The duo of Shapes Stars Make creates airy melodic-pop tunes that are easy on the ears permeating a daydreamy ambience. Their six track self-titled debut release produced by John Congleton (Appleseed Cast, Explosion in the Sky) lassos tiny pulsating waves and builds them into monstrous sonic tides that ravish the listener aurally with bashing synth-textured symphonies. Band mates Michael Gooden (lead vocals, guitars) and Jon Cook (bass, synthesizer) are skillful at producing softly plush harmonies reminiscent of The Electric Soft Parade and intensifying the dynamics and volume of the chord progressions. It is music that has a cinematic scope ideal for storylines that are bigger than one’s life similarly to the music of Hundred Year Storm, but there are moments when the music reaches out to people on an individual level through its frailness. It is an album for people who want space to dream freely.

The opening track “Let It Be Morning” is a bit melancholy as the gently breezy melodics form teardrop shapes over Gooden’s soft vocal timbres. “The Lion and the Bear” enlivens the album with giant sonic flourishes that act as trumpets heralding in a saga. The completely instrumental track is not alone as “This is Epic” is also an instrumental, but with delicately patterned sonic synthetics. The ambient pop esplanades of “Help for Hopeless” takes the listener along escapist shafts with tenderly flickering chimes swirling around and around, while the tingling melodic channels of “A Great Awakening/Terrible Visitation” have a succor effect as the coasting rhythms act as a warm jacuzzi bath. The final track “After All” also bathes the listener in warm and wispy melodics with a resemblance to The New Amsterdams as Gooden’s vocals mesh into the melodic fibers.

Shapes Stars Make sound exactly the way you would expect a band with this name to sound like. The music is airy with gentle flickers that light up small and large. The music consumes the listener like the lights in the night sky and lets you dream out loud.

Recommended if You LikeHundred Year Storm, The Electric Soft Parade, The New Amsterdams

This review is a user submitted review from Susan Frances. You can see all of Susan Frances's submitted reviews here.
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02:04 PM on 03/29/08
so typical
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good stuff from what i can hear on their myspace..the band's name really does give you an idea of what they sound like and personally i've come to really enjoy bands that supply this kind of dreamy ambience.

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