Monday, February 16, 2009

The Appleseed Cast: Sagarmatha

The Appleseed Cast
The Militia Group [2009]

Fire Drills Review:
Sagarmatha is the Appleseed Cast's sixth studio album and it represents a new direction for the Lawrence Kansas band as they dive into experimental post-rock. With five of the record's nine tracks crossing over the six minute mark and many of them only containing about 45 seconds of vocals or none at all, Sagarmatha relies heavily on its dense soundscapes to keep it interesting and will challenge longtime fans of the group. Although I can say that the long shoegaze instrumentals are not bad the band still shines when it clicks back into indie mode on the short and vocal driven "The Summer Before".

Key Track: "The Summer Before"

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-Reviewed by Reece Michael