Carnavas

Carnavas

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by Silversun Pickups
     
 

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Carnavas, the debut full-length from L.A.'s Silversun Pickups, is the sort of record that brings something new to discover with each listen. Thus, listen one is as enjoyable as listen five or ten, but probably for entirely different reasons, since unique bits continuously appear from the band's dream haze of accessibly

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Carnavas, the debut full-length from L.A.'s Silversun Pickups, is the sort of record that brings something new to discover with each listen. Thus, listen one is as enjoyable as listen five or ten, but probably for entirely different reasons, since unique bits continuously appear from the band's dream haze of accessibly textured indie rock. From the grainy opening of "Melatonin" that blends into strikingly harmonized male/female vocals, the quartet immediately showcases their innate sense of melody amid textured atmospherics and layers of distortion and fuzz, which all come across as both bittersweet and enchanting. Silversun Pickups take the shimmering dream pop of My Bloody Valentine and filter it through '90s grunge instincts like that of the Smashing Pumpkins -- and it all combines to produce an album that, well, is really freaking good. Vocals are both haunting and sweet, as lead singer Brian Aubert somehow manages to sound like a cross between the Goo Goo Dolls' Robby Takac and the Get Up Kids' Matt Pryor -- in a good way. And for every moment of ominous intensity, the band further manipulates their ethereal antics into moments of pure shimmering redemption. "Future Foe Scenarios" is urgent in a completely controlled way that makes the vocals come off even fiercer over the song's driving distortion, while exhilarating and spacious cuts like "Lazy Eye" and "Common Reactor" materialize out of clouds of hazy guitars and pensive keyboard with dynamic force that never loses its direction. Though an extremely rewarding listen, proceed with caution: once put into a stereo, Carnavas may become stuck inside for quite a while.

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Evan Serpick
1/2 Silversun Pickups...show all that's possible when the California sun shines on indie-rock shoegazers.
Los Angeles Times - Alie Ward
A soundtrack well-suited to the giddy languor of summertime.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/25/2006
Label:
Dangerbird
UPC:
0185112000824
catalogNumber:
9

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Carnavas 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Living in LA, I haven't been able to escape the hyped talk about this band, so I checked out their live set this summer. I was intrigued by their sound, and after listening to their EP I decided to pre-order this album. I just go it today, and let me say I am thoroughly impressed. Their sound is definitely reminiscent of Smashing Pumpkins, but they make it all their own. I recommend the album- this band does not disappoint.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many of the songs are long leading to a very finished CD. My favorite track: "Dream at Tempo 119".
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is awesome. I just got it last week and haven't taken it out of my cd player! They have a great new sound and are creating a lot of buzz. I think I even saw them on Letterman awhile back. Check out "Lazy Eye," its my favorite!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great album from an fantastic indie band with a very cool sound. Once it's in your CD player, it will not be coming out for a very long time! Check them out, you won't be disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Silversun Pickups are an amazingly talented Indie band whose songs reverberate with "Muse"-like bass lines and pulsating anthems. Songs such as "Lazy Eye" and "Future Foe Scenarios" deliver a rougher and slicing but addictive edge, while others like "Three Seed" and "Rusted Wheel" possess a mysterious and shimmering quality. Perhaps the weakest song on the album is the closer, "Common Reactor" as it ends with a bizarre chain-saw/grating sound for the last 30 seconds. However, the band provides quite a diverse heap of songs which just solidly illustrates their worthwhile attempt to bring meaningful and different music to the world. Keep watch for them for this is a band with something special.
Celeste63 More than 1 year ago
Love this CD! I play it all the time!
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