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Fat Possum
The Sky's Run Into the Sea
Kranky Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
The experience of listening to the Olympia, Washington, band Growing is something like being submerged in a pool and having a guitar and bass electronically filtered through the water at high volume. Somewhat eerie, somewhat hypnotic. The whale-songs people make.

Then, from the end of the first track, "A Painting," onward you take your head out of the water, and realize that you've got a full-on, apercussional noise-fest happening above you. It hardly comes as a surprise that this trio is a Kranky band; they exhibit all the requisite symptoms: songs of no fewer than five minutes in length, a love of sound for the sake of sound, a blatant disregard for the typical pop structures of verse-chorus-verse. The only vocals on the album show up on the final track, and behave more like another instrument rather than a main attraction. While this disc would make excellent material with which to show off a stereo, it functions equally well as the soundtrack to the end of a night, when the slowness of the guitar masks the volume of the sound. Loud/soft alternation is a big theme here, as well as subtle key and chord changes that gradually spin themselves into your consciousness before you're quite aware that they're happening.

You can nap to The Sky's Run Into the Sea, but when I tried, I had weird dreams. Highly recommended if you're into the drone styling of the Kranky crowd.

Reviewed by Larissa Parson

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