Thursday 5 May 2011

Writing About Arpline's Travels

I know Ive posted about ArpLine before here - this was when the LP Travel Book came out - and I didnt know what to make of the aural journey they were intent to take me on. Well, Ive listened to the album a bit over the past month since its re-release by Sandcastle Music (it was self released first time around), and Im mighty glad to have the re-introduction. Because the Brooklyn band prove here that you can be a rock band with intricate electronic arrangements and NOT be Animal Collective. In fact, this is the band that others of their ilk (Im looking squarely at you, MGMT) wish they could be. Their instrumentation is both complex and visceral, a psychedelic industrial-pop that challenge the listener to look beyond the walls of sound and test the boundaries of all that is sonically possible. A lot of this can be credited to the stellar production - Chris Coady (Delorean, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV On The Radio). But ArpLine are their own beast - and they travel well.

ArpLine - Fold Up Like A Piece Of Paper
ArpLine - Parts Unknown

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