Begin Civil Twilight

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
In the mid-'90s, as both indie guitar bands and bedroom electronica artists were discovering common ground in the catalogs of Brian Eno and the gentler side of the Krautrock artists, the cutting edge indie label Darla Records instituted a soon-legendary set of EPs called, collectively, The Bliss-Out Series. These EPs, mostly gathering extended instrumental reveries that explored the confines of space rock and ambient pop, were a treat for fans, but the concept eventually faded from view as other fancies took hold. Lansing, MI's Auburn Lull never released anything in the Bliss Out series, although as 2005's anthology Regions Less Parallel: Early Works & Rarities ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
In the mid-'90s, as both indie guitar bands and bedroom electronica artists were discovering common ground in the catalogs of Brian Eno and the gentler side of the Krautrock artists, the cutting edge indie label Darla Records instituted a soon-legendary set of EPs called, collectively, The Bliss-Out Series. These EPs, mostly gathering extended instrumental reveries that explored the confines of space rock and ambient pop, were a treat for fans, but the concept eventually faded from view as other fancies took hold. Lansing, MI's Auburn Lull never released anything in the Bliss Out series, although as 2005's anthology Regions Less Parallel: Early Works & Rarities 1996-2004 makes plain, they were certainly fellow travelers to the concept. Only the band's third full-length in over a decade of activity, the guitars and basses of Begin Civil Twilight drift along in eddies and pools of reverb as though the Bliss Out series never ended, but as always, Auburn Lull aren't interested in ambient drones for their own sake: at the heart of each of these 12 slowly unfolding tracks is a straightforward albeit hazy pop song, each featuring winsome, wistful, high-register vocals and impenetrable lyrics, usually buried deep in the mix under the crystalline swirls of the layered guitars, as on the dreamy "Grange Arcade." Fans of Yo La Tengo's mellower periods, Brian Eno's Another Green World, American Analog Set and Spiritualized will find Begin Civil Twilight a welcome return to a style of music that's been largely abandoned since its heyday.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2007
  • Label: Darla Records
  • UPC: 708527018422
  • Catalog Number: 184
  • Sales rank: 175,311

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Light Through the Canopy (5:18)
  2. 2 Dub, Pt. 1 (3:28)
  3. 3 Broken Heroes (4:31)
  4. 4 Grange Arcade (5:43)
  5. 5 Civil Twilight (5:11)
  6. 6 Axis Nears (3:45)
  7. 7 November's Long Shadows (4:26)
  8. 8 Stanfield Echo (4:07)
  9. 9 Coasts (4:38)
  10. 10 Geneva (1:54)
  11. 11 Arc of an Outsider (3:58)
  12. 12 [Untitled] (9:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Auburn Lull Primary Artist
Ron Gibbs Guitar
Ulrich Schnauss Sounds
Lorraine Lelis Vocals
Jason Kolb Bass, Guitar, Group Member
Sean Heenan Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Auburn Lull Composer
Kirk Marrison Mastering
Ulrich Schnauss Vocal Treatments
Arland Nicewander Engineer
Jason Kolb Producer, Cover Photo
Sean Heenan Producer
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