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Floating World

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All Music Guide - John Schacht
Anathallo's Floating World is a convincing rejoinder to the notion that there's nothing new in the rock world. The band takes its name from the Greek word meaning "to renew or refresh," and the Mount Pleasant, MI, septet sounds not only, well, refreshingly new, but like little else in rock music -- "rock" being a very elastic definition in this case, since familiar elements from the genre play a minimal role in Floating World's musical tapestry. The record veers all over the shop, from post-rock freakouts, classical chamber group motifs, and avant-garde jazz to the hushed intimacy of Sufjan Stevens, the Decemberists' operatic inclinations, and the cut-and-paste ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Schacht
Anathallo's Floating World is a convincing rejoinder to the notion that there's nothing new in the rock world. The band takes its name from the Greek word meaning "to renew or refresh," and the Mount Pleasant, MI, septet sounds not only, well, refreshingly new, but like little else in rock music -- "rock" being a very elastic definition in this case, since familiar elements from the genre play a minimal role in Floating World's musical tapestry. The record veers all over the shop, from post-rock freakouts, classical chamber group motifs, and avant-garde jazz to the hushed intimacy of Sufjan Stevens, the Decemberists' operatic inclinations, and the cut-and-paste machinations of the Books and Animal Collective. Self-confessed high-school marching band geeks, Anathallo rely on a host of off-kilter instrumentation to create slow-burn intros that blossom into full-throated crescendos, typically highlighted by complex vocal harmonies and counterpoint singing. The songs feature everything from melodica, glockenspiel, trumpets, and trombones lots of trombones, actually to Velcro peels and socket-wrench whirs. And these aren't just support accents, either, but often starring roles. There are more traditional elements, too, like guitars, piano, and a lead singer Matt Joynt, but shifting styles and meters, restless tempos, and the kitchen-sink instrument approach preclude orthodox readings. There are moments when the mishmash of styles seems to take the place of actual songcraft, and the reliance on handclap percussion becomes annoying after the first dozen or so instances. You may also miss a good-quality bottom end from time to time. But when all the various elements coalesce, as they do on the four songs that make up the "Hanasakajijii" suite, the results manage the neat trick of being so inventive as to inspire the simplest joy. You can't dance to it, but when you need a break from 4/4 beats and standard rock fare, this Floating World is a good one to visit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2006
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • UPC: 067003053822
  • Catalog Number: 30538

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anathallo Primary Artist
Chris Hatfield Musician
Seth Walker Track Performer
Daniel J. Bracken Track Performer
Jeremiah Johnson Musician
Timber Cierpke Musician
Andrew Dost Track Performer
Erica Froman Musician
Glenn Hills Musician
Matthew Joynt Track Performer
Nathan Sandberg Track Performer
Brian Siers Musician
Morgan Stewart Musician
Israel Vasquez Musician
Bret Wallin Track Performer
Technical Credits
Matt Goldman Guitar Engineer, Drum Engineering
Seth Walker Composer
Daniel J. Bracken Composer
Anathallo Engineer
Andrew Dost Composer
John F. Embree translation
Glenn Hills Engineer
Matthew Joynt Composer
Nathan Sandberg Composer
Bret Wallin Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Reccomend to Sufjan Steven lovers but anathallo is 10x better easily. Sooo overlooked.. been a long time I can listen to a whole album 3x over all the way through. Wow! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing and severely overlooked

    Anathallo has been, for a number of years now, one of the hardest working and most creative bands in recent memory. With this new album, they've definitely expanded their sound and influences again, as they've now set a classic Japanese folktale to music. Nothing is out of their realm, and no instrument is off-limits. An early contestant for album of the year...it'll be very hard for anyone to top this. I don't care who it is. Their sound is one that you have to hear to believe/understand. So please please please...buy this album. You won't be disappointed...I promise you.

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