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Thursday, July 20, 2006
  Lollapalooza: Anathallo


i'm well known to disparage the reviews of Pitchfork that are inappropriately low, and i guess it's with good reason. however - though i'm actually quite a fan of this Michigan collective - i'm not about to go on a rant about their undeserved 2.7. instead, i'm going to admit that i see what they're saying (or at least why it would have been low. Sufjan comparisons hurt, though).

Anathallo are out there. compositionally, their album Floating World is arguably genius; the instrumentation and emotive quality are incredible (in my opinion), and it's obvious that having seven members really contributed to the project. as far as collectives go, this is kind of all that i ask for.

they aren't Polyphonic Spree, not by any stretch of the imagination. there are literally only seconds of songs that would imply even the same feel or tonality. but as for Broken Social Scene, they're the closest i can think of in terms of... oh... accessibility. i am a huge, huge fan of BSS, and therefore i tend to like everything they produce; i'm just fully aware that they're not for everyone. but - like Anathallo - they know how to write a pop song, and can, and do. it's just more often that they tend towards obscurity. Anathallo's version of this obscurity strays from the norms of all indie pop, venturing into operatic vocals, airy and ethereal melodies and.... well, it loses you.

if for no other reason than curiosity, we plan to check them out at Lolla to see how in the world they manage to bring their act to the stage, but we'll see them opening for Rainer Maria and The Format as well. here is the tour page for that.

::::go get tracks per their purevolume site: here you are, loves.

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