Moroccan Role: Liars - <i>Drum's Not Dead</i>

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Friday, February 24, 2006

Liars - Drum's Not Dead

To be sure, Drum's Not Dead is a 'difficult' album. Sonically, the album rests somewhere between the impressive confines of late-era Radiohead and Animal Collective's less pop-orientated material. In late 2004, the Brooklyn-based band packed up and moved to Berlin to record their third album and the resulting product proves the move and the wait were well worth it. Drum's Not Dead is a concept album focusing on two characters: Mt. Heart Attack and Drum. "Drum represents creative energy and production, it is Mt. Heart Attack who is the reaction to Drum; an embodiment of self doubt." -Amp Camp. Pitchfork gave this album a (thus far seemingly well-deserved) 9.0 yesterday and placed in their Best New Music section. Read P'fork's review here.

The album relies heavily on slow, pulsating drumming and the impressive falsetto of singer Angus Andrew. It is permeated by a droning, eerie tone. This piece is best enjoyed as a whole and is some pretty heady stuff. I'll need a few more listens to feel like I have a good grasp on the album. Below I have posted my early favorites, including perhaps my favorite song of 2006 thus far -- the album's majestic closer "The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack". Drum's Not Dead will be released March 21st.


Liars - "A Visit From Drum"

Liars - "It Fit When I Was A Kid"

Liars - "The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack" *recommended*

Funny tidbit: Online music retailer Amp Camp described the "Ideal Audience" for the album as Schizophrenics, Hipsters, and Art School Ex Students.

Buy the album here.

Posted by: Matt


Anonymous b.loud said...

That post is right -- I have too listen to them again, and again, then probably again. The vocal melody on the last one is good. Thanks anyway.

1:42 AM  
Anonymous Amrit said...

Cheers Matt, thanks for posting. Looking forward to taking a listen.

7:37 AM  

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