All Is Illusory

All Is Illusory

by The Velvet Teen


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All Is Illusory

Say what you will about the Velvet Teen, but they clearly aren't afraid to think big. In the nine years since 2006's Cum Laude, they seems to have carefully filed away every idea that struck their fancy, and they've poured all of them into 2015's All Is Illusory, an album that fairly bursts with grand-scale indie energy as tunes like "Eclipses" and "Pecos" pop like a string of fireworks with percolating rhythms and spunky washes of keyboards. But the Velvet Teen aren't hesitant about making use of dynamics, setting the propulsive, upbeat numbers against pieces like the spare, quiet guitar feature "Taken Over" or the mournful title track. All Is Illusory is a vast parade of different sounds and emotions, held in place by the busy but thoughtful drumming of Casey Dietz, who pushes the fast numbers forward with a muscular elan and punctuates the more measured pieces with small but precise rhythmic flourishes. From the swaggering charge of "GTRA" to the graceful romanticism of "Veil Between," All Is Illusory has enough thematic detours and offhand observations to resemble a Russian novel, and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Judah Nagler certainly seems up to the challenge of interpreting the many characters and moods conjured up in these songs (even using a Vocoder to bring added textures on "The Manifest"). Nagler, Dietz, and bassist/vocalist Josh Staples have clearly put a lot of thought and hard work into All Is Illusory, and the result is an album that's certainly worth a listen for fans of the group's widescreen indie pop.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/30/2015
Label: Topshelf Records
UPC: 0616892266143
catalogNumber: 226614
Rank: 232528

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Performance Credits

Velvet Teen   Primary Artist
Judah Nagler   Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Josh Staples   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Nouela Johnston   Background Vocals
Casey Deitz   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Ephriam Nagler   Synthesizer
Jacy McIntosh   Guitar (Baritone)

Technical Credits

Velvet Teen   Composer
Judah Nagler   Composer,Lyricist,Piano Engineer
Roger Camero   Engineer
Steve Choi   Engineer
Nouela Johnston   Composer,Lyricist
Ephriam Nagler   Composer
Matthew Izen   Composer
Jacy McIntosh   Composer
Paul Haile   Engineer
Anna-Marie Smith   Artwork

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