Golden Archipelago

Golden Archipelago

by Shearwater
     
 

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On 2008's magnificent Rook, Shearwater finally delivered on the promise of previous albums with a taut, hook-filled batch of art rock singles that were as emotionally powerful as they were melodically sound. For their sixth full-length offering, Jonathan Meiburg and company have crafted an ambitious, occasionally maddening ode to theSee more details below

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On 2008's magnificent Rook, Shearwater finally delivered on the promise of previous albums with a taut, hook-filled batch of art rock singles that were as emotionally powerful as they were melodically sound. For their sixth full-length offering, Jonathan Meiburg and company have crafted an ambitious, occasionally maddening ode to the natural world that owes more than a little tip of the hat to mid-'70s Peter Gabriel and the quieter moments of Pink Floyd's The Final Cut. The Golden Archipelago, a toothy, epic examination of island life, both physical and metaphysical, is enigmatic to say the least (the Deluxe Edition includes a massive sepia-tone 75-page "dossier" that could have easily served as the foundation for an episode of ABC's Lost), but it lacks the magic of Rook's more muscular moments. Meiburg's rich falsetto is frailer here, opting for vulnerability over might. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it makes for a sleepy voyage, albeit one fraught with enough emotional weight to render the weariness earned. Tracks like "Meridian," "Castaways," "An Insular Life," and "Hidden Lakes" are as good as anything he's put to tape thus far, blissfully reveling in their botanical, spiritual, and historical milieus without a care in the world (outside of their feverish, dreamlike intents), but too much of the album is weighed down by slow, overly expansive numbers that would be great on a record that wasn't brimming over with them already. The Golden Archipelago succeeds more often than it fails, and it only fails when cast in the shadow of its predecessor. Still, Shearwater have vision (they are indeed the lone voice of lofty, melodramatic, and undeniably beautiful progressive rock for the MP3 age), and with each record they prove themselves worthy of the graceful, long-winged seabird from which they drew their name.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/23/2010
Label:
Matador Records
UPC:
0744861086123
catalogNumber:
10861
Rank:
117015

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shearwater   Primary Artist
Steve Bernal   Cello
James Alexander   Viola
Elizabeth Warren   Violin
Charles Godfrey   Shaker
Jacob Green   Oboe
Erin Schneider   Flute
Dan Chrisman   Bassoon
Leah Hesla   Violin
Tara Buentello   Clarinet

Technical Credits

Brian Beattie   Inspiration
Greg Calbi   Mastering
Siobhan   Inspiration
Bill Callahan   Inspiration
Manuel Calderón   Inspiration
John Congleton   Producer
Rob Halverson   Engineer
Jim Eno   Inspiration
Will Sheff   Inspiration
Lori Garcia   Inspiration
Ryan Craven   Inspiration
Travis Nelsen   Inspiration
Mark Sonnabaum   Inspiration
Kevin Schneider   String Arrangements,Wind Arrangements
Miwa Okumura   Inspiration
Sharon Van Etten   Inspiration
Claire Taylor   Inspiration
Paul Sommerstein   Inspiration
Harmon Li   Inspiration
Gary Drewien   Inspiration
Domingo Farias   Inspiration
Cathy Newman   Inspiration
Casuarius Casuarius   Inspiration
Birgus Latro   Inspiration
Billy Possum   Inspiration
Bernie Phillips   Inspiration
Ben Goldberg   Inspiration
Banjo Petterson   Inspiration
Annie Phaneuf   Inspiration
Annette Lee   Inspiration
Ali Liddle   Inspiration
Ali Hedrick   Booking
Lea Clough   Inspiration
Katie Angermeier   Inspiration
Jerry Mission   Inspiration
Jeff Pachman   Inspiration
Jason Callahan   Inspiration
James Tocher   Engineer
Jack Niedenthal   Inspiration
Hunter Giles   Inspiration
People of Kowanyama   Inspiration
People of Bikini Atoll   Inspiration
Last Human Inhabitants of Henderson Island   Inspiration
Susannah Gill   Inspiration
Steven Thomassen   Booking
Robin Woods   Inspiration
Peter Capainolo   Inspiration
Paige Maguire   Inspiration
Nick Flynn   Inspiration
Natalie Judge   Inspiration
Mary Anne Hoskins   Inspiration
Marc Gerald   Inspiration
Lisa Normand   Inspiration
Lore Kessibuki   Liner Notes
Vanessa Peda   Inspiration
Tony Ranchich   Inspiration

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