Porcelain Empire

Porcelain Empire

by The Winter Sounds
     
 
The debut album by Athens quintet the Winter Sounds is severely hampered by either an unfortunately over-restrictive production concept or, more likely, insufficient funds and the lack of a decent recording studio. The tinny, cracker-box sound of Porcelain Empire is a real shame, because close listening to the songs through the medium-fi recording reveals a

Overview

The debut album by Athens quintet the Winter Sounds is severely hampered by either an unfortunately over-restrictive production concept or, more likely, insufficient funds and the lack of a decent recording studio. The tinny, cracker-box sound of Porcelain Empire is a real shame, because close listening to the songs through the medium-fi recording reveals a group with a lot of genuinely interesting musical ideas that they didn't have the opportunity to fully explore. There is little the average indie pop fan hasn't heard before here. Echoes of everyone from the Athens contingent of the old Elephant 6 crowd (especially Of Montreal and Elf Power) to Grandaddy to Interpol and the Killers can be found here. Singer Patrick Keenan has a likable, if slightly ordinary, voice, and the tunes themselves are filled with unexpected melodic digressions and a solid sense of dynamics that allows a song like "Static in the Whole" to shift easily from a churning, double-time verse to a floaty B section that lifts it above the ordinary. But if only those omnipresent xylophone and synth parts had some beefier instrumentation to back them up, or if the production had enough depth and space to allow the processed vocals at the start of "Sound Forged Like Spine" to really pop as they should. The Winter Sounds have a potentially great piece of modern dream pop/psych in them, but despite the appealing elements on display throughout Porcelain Empire, this isn't quite it.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2007
Label:
Livewire Recordings
UPC:
0852397001074
catalogNumber:
1074

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Performance Credits

Winter Sounds   Primary Artist
Josh McKay   Vibes,Orchestra Bells
Clay Leverett   Vocals,Background Vocals
Patrick Keenan   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Gina Asalon   Keyboards,Group Member
Donovan Babb   Drums,Group Member
Joseph Kass   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Tim Lilly   Guitar,Group Member

Technical Credits

David Barbe   Engineer
Mark Pollock   Art Direction
George Fontaine   Promoter
Patrick Keenan   Composer,Cover Design
Colin Cobb   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Gina Asalon   Composer
Joseph Kass   Composer
Tim Lilly   Composer

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