Two Sunsets

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
In a career that's been getting more and more pastoral as time moves on, the long-running (since 1982!), sporadically recorded, highly influential Pastels have made their most pastoral-sounding record yet with 2009's Two Sunsets. Teamed with likeminded innocents from Japan the Tenniscoats, the combined group (aided by Teenage Fanclub's Gerard Love and various friends like Bill Wells and Norman Blake) rambles through 12 songs like a group of friends sitting around in the late-afternoon sunshine having the relaxed and peaceful time of the summer. Some of the tunes are fully formed pop numbers, like the truly lovely and warm "Vivid Youth" and their cover of the Jesus and Mary ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
In a career that's been getting more and more pastoral as time moves on, the long-running (since 1982!), sporadically recorded, highly influential Pastels have made their most pastoral-sounding record yet with 2009's Two Sunsets. Teamed with likeminded innocents from Japan the Tenniscoats, the combined group (aided by Teenage Fanclub's Gerard Love and various friends like Bill Wells and Norman Blake) rambles through 12 songs like a group of friends sitting around in the late-afternoon sunshine having the relaxed and peaceful time of the summer. Some of the tunes are fully formed pop numbers, like the truly lovely and warm "Vivid Youth" and their cover of the Jesus and Mary Chain's "About You"; some are short, almost soundtracky musical fragments with melodies that drift aimlessly and beautifully like leaves in the breeze. The mixing of the two styles makes for a varied album that flows from start to finish like a quiet brook through a wooded glen. All the songs gain strength from the varied instrumentation (wind chimes, wood flutes, an off-kilter but just right guitar style) brought to the collaboration by Ueno of the Tenniscoats, and they are also helped along by the tender singing of Saya, who blends perfectly with the reliably great singing of the Pastels' Stephen and Katrina. The song where they all meld their fragile, tender vocals together ("Boats") is nothing short of magical. The mating of the two bands makes for a perfectly wonderful collaboration, the Pastels giving the often aimless Tenniscoats some structure and the Tenniscoats' experimentalism helping to free up the Pastels' sound in an exciting way. Hopefully it's a pairing that will continue in the future, but if it ends here, at least listeners have Two Sunsets to document some of the best work either band has done to date.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/3/2009
  • Label: Domino
  • UPC: 801390022111
  • Catalog Number: 221
  • Sales rank: 107,763

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tokyo Glasgow - Stephen McRobbie (2:55)
  2. 2 Two Sunsets - Masaharu Seki (4:30)
  3. 3 Song for a Friend - Stephen McRobbie (5:24)
  4. 4 Vivid Youth (4:25)
  5. 5 Yomigaeru (1:50)
  6. 6 Modesty Piece (1:32)
  7. 7 About You (3:05)
  8. 8 Boats - Stephen McRobbie (3:31)
  9. 9 Hikoki (1:22)
  10. 10 Sodane (3:49)
  11. 11 Mou Mou Rainbow - Takashi Ueno (6:52)
  12. 12 Start Slowly So We Sound Like a Loch - Stephen McRobbie (3:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tenniscoats Primary Artist
Gerard Love Track Performer, Musician
Katrina Mitchell Track Performer, Musician
Tom Crossley Musician
Alison Mitchell Musician
Stephen McRobbie Track Performer, Musician
Bal Cooke Musician
Reiko Kudo Track Performer
Technical Credits
Gerard Love Composer
Paul Savage Engineer
Steve Rooke Mastering
Katrina Mitchell Composer, Lyricist
Saya Composer, Lyricist
Stephen McRobbie Composer, Lyricist
Bal Cooke Producer, Engineer
Dave Peterson Engineer
Dave Peterson Engineer
Reiko Kudo Lyricist
Takashi Ueno Composer, Lyricist
Stephen McRobbie Composer, Lyricist
Pastels/Tenniscoats Producer
Masaharu Seki Composer
Norman Blake Engineer
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