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Of Natural History
CD $12.00

11/02/2004 678033301922 

WOM 019CD 


MP3 $9.90

11/02/2004  

 


*** Appearing on the one hand to be a post-modern apocalyptic cult, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum delight in setting folksy allegorical tales of auto-genocide and the species-wide doom we all face to breathtakingly strange and compelling music. With this release, their musical method evolves, as natural things do, and delivers what can only be described as a complete and thoroughly devastating musical expression. With their dense, harmonic compositions and jagged, intricate rhythms (by far the best in the business on both counts) servicing the artistic equivalent of a Unabomber tract set to music, the music collected in Of Natural History sets a serious high water mark for future generations to look back on in awe-- assuming future generations ever exist, that is. SGM's impressive instrumental array includes many homemade devices suggestive of the avant-garde. Having little in common with those who have marred the field, whether mere arty obscurists, jock-like musical gymnasts, or high-brow snoots, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum are thoroughgoing populists, warmly regarding their varied audience and skillfully embracing their role as entertainers. Even though the band boasts heavy-hitters like Carla Kihlstedt (Tin Hat Trio, Carla Bozulich) and Nils Frykdahl of Faun Fables, this is a band that survives and thrives supremely through heavy touring, and in the process has amassed a devoted following. For a band that owes as much to Meshuggah as they do to the Art Bears, Messiaen, and Einsturzende Neubauten, their skewed exhumation of Futurism in reverse strikes a broad nerve and fills a big void. This is a proud moment for Mimicry Records. 
 

Tracklist

  1. #1 A Hymn To The Morning Star

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  2. #2 The Donkey-Headed Adversary Of Humanity Opens The Discussion

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  3. #3 Phthisis

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  4. #4 Bring Back The Apocalypse

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  5. #5 FC: The Freedom Club

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  6. #6 Gunday's Child

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  7. #7 The 17-Year Cicada

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  8. #8 The Creature

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  9. #9 What Shall We Do Without Us?

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  10. #10 Babydoctor

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  11. #11 Cockroach

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  12. #12 Hidden Track

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