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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Great Northern Exposure

If you're like me, you're always on the prowl for the next great vivid, orchestral album. I just love music that serves as a soundtrack, one that allows you to fill in the spaces and create your own movie- think Joe Henry, Luna, Lush, Jesus and Mary Chain, Low- music that, metaphorically anyway, sets the stage for your very own Sopranos ending.

I think I may have found a new band that fills the mold perfectly. The name GREAT NORTHERN conjures up Lynchian images of pine forests and intriguingly ambiguous people. Their music on their debut TRADING TWILIGHT FOR DAYLIGHT takes you on journey with luxurious chimes and some of the most intricate harmonies you'll ever hear serving as a colorful backdrop.

The vocals of guitarist/composer Solon Bixler and keyboardist Rachel Stolte build intensely to some beautiful crescendos, most notably on TELLING LIES and BABIES.

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