Galapagos

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The Post War Years' sophomore release, 2013's Galapagos, is a moody, synth-heavy album centered around the brooding croon of lead vocalist Simon Critten. The band has always stirred up an arty, layered brew of a sound since its 2009 debut, The Greats and the Happenings. However, where that album seemed to be crafted out of paper and sticks, guitars and tin cans as well as the occasional synth, on Galapagos the Post War Years sound like they've traded all their instruments in for vintage drum machines and analog synthesizers that buzz and groan with a laser-toned intensity. Which is to say that the band has found a nice balance between the more contemporary prog-inflected ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The Post War Years' sophomore release, 2013's Galapagos, is a moody, synth-heavy album centered around the brooding croon of lead vocalist Simon Critten. The band has always stirred up an arty, layered brew of a sound since its 2009 debut, The Greats and the Happenings. However, where that album seemed to be crafted out of paper and sticks, guitars and tin cans as well as the occasional synth, on Galapagos the Post War Years sound like they've traded all their instruments in for vintage drum machines and analog synthesizers that buzz and groan with a laser-toned intensity. Which is to say that the band has found a nice balance between the more contemporary prog-inflected craftsmanship of Field Music and the retro synth romanticism of bands like Delphic and Naked and Famous. This experimental if less organically frenetic approach finds the Post War Years delivering songs that build with a sustained, icy drama over the length of a song. Tunes like "Growl" and the languid "Mellotron" showcase unusual rhythmic and electronic patterns before their infectious melodic hooks become apparent. Ultimately, cuts like "All Eyes," "The Bell," and "Glass House" are, like all of Galapagos, monolithic, dance club-ready anthems that burst out of your speakers like delightfully lo-fi versions of Depeche Mode and New Order.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/5/2013
  • Label: Sony Uk
  • UPC: 887654358028
  • Catalog Number: 5435802
  • Sales rank: 381,408

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All Eyes (4:05)
  2. 2 The Bell (5:02)
  3. 3 Glass House (4:15)
  4. 4 Be Someone (4:52)
  5. 5 Growl (3:49)
  6. 6 Lost Winter (4:49)
  7. 7 Mellotron (3:55)
  8. 8 Volcano (4:56)
  9. 9 Nova (4:14)
  10. 10 God (3:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Post War Years Primary Artist
James Rutledge Synthesizer
Henry Riggs Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Tom O'Hare Synthesizer, Bass, Vocals
Simon Critten Synthesizer, Guitar, Vocals
Fred McLaren Drums
Technical Credits
Jimmy Robertson Engineer
James Rutledge Programming, Producer, Engineer
John Davis Mastering
Henry Riggs Composer
Tom O'Hare Composer
Simon Critten Composer
Tobias Stretch Art Direction
Fred McLaren Composer
Tom Saxby Logo
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