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Ataraxia/Taraxis EP

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Ataraxia/Taraxis is the long-awaited follow-up to Pelican s sprawling 2009 full-length What We All Come to Need. With members now residing in different cities the EP represents a new chapter in the band s evolution. The four new songs highlight the manifold sonic strengths of the band by delving into moments of triumphant melodic rock, smokey doom, ambient soundscape, acoustic desert-folk and minimalist electronics. The carefully crafted track listing boasts a cohesive narrative flow, lending the release of a truly epic feel, worthy of a full album.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 10, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Southern Lord
  • ASIN: B0078SAJ3U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,860 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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New music from Pelican is always exciting. This quartet is as innovative as any artist or group at any popularity today. This EP proves no different, in fact one might say this is their most innovative release to date. For long time Pelican fans, I don't want to give away any spoilers as to what the music actually consists of, but the first track is reminiscent of This Will Destroy You 's self titled release first track. There are new elements on this EP that are referencing the evolving face of the 'post' genre, the sprawling often instrumental genre that has developed the past two decades. Also Pelican have created a synthesis in the final track (Taraxis) from their beautiful acoustic pieces with the full band sound, and than some. I want to say more, but I wouldn't want to read about specific new elements without hearing the EP first!

For a bit of a track by track (or maybe a bit more than a bit...), the first song Ataraxia is one of the two most experimental tracks on the album that strays from Pelican's signature sound. Great moody, apocalyptic piece to start the album, it instantly grabbed me- after a few listens its as if Neurosis and Pelican teamed up on this one. Lathe Biosas is the single that was released early for listeners, and it is no surprise. This is the most standardized track of the album, giving nothing away of the experimental edges of the EP. The only element to point out is how pop oriented the song feels, its almost an instrumental pop-punk song from our Pelican friends. I often dislike when music strays in that direction, but after the first minute of the song a section is introduced to glue this hard hitting, catchy intro together with the intricacies of Pelican's playing. the song is a really enjoyable listen framed in the Pelican catalog.
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Like the title states, this newest release from Pelican tweaks their original approach but is still a very rewarding listen. If you like them before I think you will dig on this one also..
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Given the difference in duration, it is tough to apply the same rating system to LPs and EPs, but this is a five star EP. It is interesting how people's opinions can differ, but I felt that this was one of their more nuanced, melodic, original and yet experimental efforts. I almost feel that Pelican is a band of EPs - I have really liked Untitled, Ephemeral, March Into the Sea and this one. At the same time, I sometimes have a tougher time staying focused for the duration of some of their longer LPs. On this album, I like the very subtle opener and closer, and especially the acoustic guitar (at least I think so) used in the album closer. The other two tracks were classic Pelican carefully crafted songs. Even though overall, I prefer Red Sparowes and Russian Circles to Pelican, this is a great EP.
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This EP is a great transitional recording that I can only hope is a taste of things to come. Pelicans' monolithic sound was once a towering experience which has since become more concise. Ataraxia/ Taraxis is Pelican further delving down that path. The stand out track is definately Lathe Biosis, which would not have felt out of place on What We All Come to Need. The final track, Taraxis, has some of the most interesting production work they've done to date; beginning with an acoustic set of riffs that evolves into a noisy, heavier suite that would almost feel at home on Australasia. Overall this ep is absolutely worth your time!!!!
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If this EP is a portent of bigger things to come, I'm looking forward to what should be a more daring adventure. As much as I enjoy
the Pelican catalog, I find that there isn't much to distinguish one record from another. This is not a bad thing. These guys have an artful ability in mixing ambient textures with pummelling crescendos. What's exciting about this glimmer of new material is that
the song structures are less formulaic, and when the crush of guitars kick in, it's all the more rewarding.
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By Ryan An on October 1, 2013
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You can tell the members of Pelican live in separate cities and don't have the same cohesion on this record. A couple of the songs aren't bad but for the most part it's pretty insipid which is sad if you love their other material. Fingers crossed for the album being released this month.
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