The monumental second entry in a soon to be completed three part dystopian concept album suite, Doomsday Afternoon is soap opera director come gothic prog-rocker Xavier Phideaux's Opus. And it is in a word, stunning.
I'll be extremely up front. This is one of the greatest albums ever recorded. I've had a burned copy I've listened to death since about 2009. It was way past time I paid my dues.
I don't know what shocked me more, seeing part the Second here on Bandcamp or the fact that the totally free, totally legit original download site is still active. Either way, as someone who wasn't in the know when the album was originally crowd funded, I've enjoyed this album far to much not to compensate the artists.
The album is as profound as it is excellent. Very rewarding to the adventurous listener.
To me, this is the only Phideaux album that can challenge Doomsday Afternoon. It is as complicated and absorbing, but maybe not quite as perfect. One thing 7 has that Doomsday can't match though is elevation. Infinite Supply is probably my favourite track by the band.
Complexe, complete et avant tout soulevant. VAISSEAUX est un triomphe. J'ai besoin de trouver encore plus. Le meilleur album venant de la belle province depuis l'oeuvre "Si On Avait Besoin D'une Cinquieme Saison" par Harmonium.
(PS: I can't believe I'm saying this, but get the iTunes 6 track version, Procyon & Partie 3 (il y a une partie 3!) are the best tracks! And they're gone from this version for some reason!? AU SECOURS!)
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This album is so good I'm actually buying it for a second time. Stupid Apple screwed something up and I can't listen to Bright Lights. That's right, I can't listen to the track that fills a third of the freaking album! NOT ANY MORE! Thanks for ruling the internet Black Mountain and Bandcamp!
ALSO! TYRANTS IS THE BEST SONG! LET ME PICK IT YOU TYRANTS! Benevolent though you may be...
I know this may come as a surprise, seeing as how we've never met before, and you're a band full of people with lives and priorities and such, and I'm some guy who lives seven thousand kilometers away who writes in run-on sentences, but I think we can make this relationship work. It was love at first air punch.
Flailing Tomb is more conventional than Mima or Onkalo (relatively speaking of course), but that makes it no less powerful. Orpheus may be Petrels' most concisely excellent piece to date. The choral/vocal work is as surprising as it is outstanding.
I'm a dedicated combatant in the Calgary v. Edmonton rivalry, but I am respectful of my enemy. And one great quality of Edmonton is it's capacity of surprise. Who would have thought that Canada's northern most major city and solidly blue-collar-burgh could be the source of such delicate and interesting electro-pop?
There's an album woth of content in this single 17 minute track. It's relaxed, spacey and at times drifts into territory previously inhabited by the Flaming Lips. If I have a qualm with this track it's that it doesn't quite seize the opportunity to do something truly grand over its abundant run time. But that's only if I have a qualm.
So when you guys take over the universe, do try to remember the little people who admired your nerdy funk excellence from afar and maybe throw them a bone by touring their city some day, okay? Calgary, Alberta 51°03′N 114°04′W. If you hit 51°18N, you've gone too far.
At first I wasn't sold on the vocal thing, but now I can't get enough. Smooth, hip, soulful, funky, tongue-in-cheek, the Vulf is all of it. And presumably the Vulf is out there, using my 6 bucks to trick out that sick Volvo. I wouldn't have it any other way.