Published Jun 19, 2008Remember Mercury Rev? The psych pop band that gave us three great albums in the '90s: Boces, See You On the Other Side and Deserter's Songs? Well they're back after more than three years with not one, but two new albums set for release in September.
After two disappointing albums, 2001's All Is Dream and 2005's The Secret Migration (which I still argue didn't get a proper release here in Canada), as well as a V2-compiled greatest hits (The Essential Mercury Rev: Stillness Breathes 1991-2006), the New York trio will release Snowflake Midnight and its MP3-only companion Strange Attractor via Yep Roc here in North America (V2 will take care of business elsewhere).
Here's what the band had to say about the two Dave Fridmann-produced albums on their website:
On September 29, 2008, MERCURY REV will release their seventh studio album, SNOWFLAKE MIDNIGHT, a set of nine self-luminous and astonishing new songs. Zooming in at any part of SNOWFLAKE MIDNIGHT, at nearly any conceivable magnification, always reveals the forces of symmetry and chaos at play, shimmering, vibrating close-ups and vistas of Life driving itself onward, bursting with patterns and mandala-like forms pushed to the brink of incredible pressures then lost in an instant... blown apart by their own majestic desire to share themselves, spirals of new momentum inter-twingling with the vastness of limitless new creation... The entire album sequence appears to be a resplendent fractal, folding in upon itself, into something continually new, unpredictable and spontaneous, and yet, paradoxically at times so subtly self-aware, never failing to resemble itself in the whole...
Also on September 29, MERCURY REV will release STRANGE ATTRACTOR, the 11 song, full-length companion album to SNOWFLAKE MIDNIGHT absolutely FREE for MP3 download. While still conscious of its 'other', STRANGE ATTRACTOR'S own radiance reflects an even subtler kind of self-organization, its own ground state of order not immediately perceived but rather felt over the course of a complete listen. The less said and the more listened, the better...This album is totally friggin' FREE to download for anyone who chooses to do so.
Here are the tracklistings:
Snowflake in a Hot World
Senses on Fire People are So Unpredictable (There's No Bliss like Home)
Dream of a Young Girl as a Flower
Faraway for Cars
A Squirrel and I (Holding On...and Then Letting Go)
Love Is Pure
Taken Up into Clouds, Changed and Rained Down
Pure Joie de la Solitude
Persistance and the Apis Mellifera
Fable of a Silver Moon
Loop Lisse, Loop
In My Heart, a Strange Attractor
Incident on Abeel Street
Af Den Fader Kommer Den Sol
Because Because Because
Nocturne for Norwood