Delayer

Delayer

by The Heavenly States
     
 

Three albums into their career, the Heavenly States have finally gotten through their growing pains and created the record that the best parts of their uneven early work suggested they had in them. Producing themselves for the first time and finally nailing down a permanent bass player (MasanoriSee more details below

Overview

Three albums into their career, the Heavenly States have finally gotten through their growing pains and created the record that the best parts of their uneven early work suggested they had in them. Producing themselves for the first time and finally nailing down a permanent bass player (Masanori Mark Christianson), singer/songwriter Ted Nesseth and friends have streamlined the three key elements of their sound -- acoustic folk-rock, noisy punk, and catchy indie pop -- into something far more coherent than before. Though Delayer still vacillates between acoustic folk-punk (often featuring keyboardist Genevieve Gagon's skirling violin lines, for a sound akin to the Petra Haden-era Decemberists) and electric pop
ock in much the same way that Ted Leo & the Pharmacists do, but the two are better integrated, with more shared instrumentation and similar vocal styles, so that there's little mental recalibration needed when folky acoustic tunes like "Sun Chase Moon" nestle up to more straightforward indie pop like "Make-Up." All of this makes Delayer the most consistent Heavenly States album, but what makes it the best is Nesseth's top-notch songwriting: from the wry opening rocker "Morning Exercise" (with a chorus of "It hurts so bad/This goes on the record") to the ultra-catchy, New Pornographers-like finish of "The Race," this is by some measure the Heavenly States' finest work so far.

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2008
Label:
Rebel Group
UPC:
0615493011824
catalogNumber:
30118

Related Subjects

Tracks

Read More

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Heavenly States   Primary Artist
Wendy Anderson   Vocals
Genevieve Gagon   Organ,Piano,Violin,Hand Clapping,Wurlitzer,Vox Organ,Group Member
Jeremy Gagon   Drums,Tambourine,Hand Clapping,Shaker,Wurlitzer,Group Member
Ted Nesseth   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Hand Clapping,Vox Organ,Crystal Bowl,Group Member
Masanori Mark Christianson   Organ,Bass,Tambourine,Hand Clapping,Moog Bass,Group Member
Vickia Brinkley   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bond Bergland   Engineer
Bob Power   Mastering
Heavenly States   Composer,Audio Production
Masanori Mark Christianson   Art Direction

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >