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Dust of Retreat

Margot & the Nuclear So and So'sAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 28, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Indieblue Music
  • ASIN: B000E6TZLK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,985 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The Dust of Retreat, is a wintry sort of album, filled with stories and observations, made tastier with Jesse Lee's cello, Emily Watkins' rhodes piano and Hubert Glover's trumpet. Chris Fry played the drums and Casey Tennis played more drums and banged on things with mallets. Tyler Watkins played electric bass, usually without any shoes on his feet. Artemis. 2006.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Twists and turns like a Skeleton Key December 11, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Witches, vampires and "glass eyed pets" inhabit Margot and the Nuclear So-and-So's' debut album, "The Dust of Retreat."

But despite all the otherworldly stuff in it, this is an album about bruised, abused love affairs, wrapped up in multilayered indie-rock. And the Indiana band has a unique, shimmering brand of music that sounds like the Decemberists locked inside a haunted house.

It opens with the haunting, otherworldly strains of "A Sea Chanty of Sorts," a mournful ballad that launches out into sweeping solos at times. "And if you love well that should be enough/instead it turns your joy into sorrow," Richard Edwards murmurs. "My women lied/she was a witch in disguise... when we kissed/it didn't feel poisonous..."

He follows it up with the bittersweet "Skeleton Key" ("I did a sick, sick thing to my love/My lack of loyalty, it swallowed her up"), bouncy chamberpop about vampires, blasts of electro-riddled indie-rock, folky pop about vampires and the emptiness of fame, and languid indiepop with a poignant edge.

When a band is named after a Wes Anderson character (Margot from "The Royal Tenenbaums"), you know it's worth a second (maybe a third) listen. And this is the sort of music that you'd expect to find in such a movie -- poignantly introspective, and a tad whimsical. In a good way.

Guitar melodies swirl around the music, interspersed by haunting, voicelike shimmer of synth, and the dusky sweeps of cello strings, all wrapped up in a mellow Rhodes passage. There's the occasional jazzy trumpet, folky banjo, tambourine, and piano melody too. None of the songs are actually bad -- but the ghostly chamberpop is what works the best.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful. December 11, 2006
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This has, in the nearly 2 years since its original release, become one of my top albums of all time. The songs are beautiful with melodies so well written that you instantly feel like you know them. Richard's songwriting is brilliant - sweet, sometimes sad, and emotional without being cheesy. The instrumentation is beautifully crafted and well thought out.

Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Margot and the Nuclear So and So's deftly combine sounds of folky acoustic guitar, driving electric guitar, smooth cello, and catchy piano to create a wonderfully unique sound. Singer/songwriter Richard Edwards, formerly of the band Archer Avenue, continues his trend of unbeatable vocal melodies paired with poignant lyrics. While Archer Avenue's album I Was an Astronaut will break your heart if it's not already broken, Margot's Dust will make you realize that there are more beautiful things in life to be concerned with than love. Themes like the bitterness of life and loss of childhood innocence are prominent throughout, but instead of drowning in minor keys and drop-tuned guitars, Richard leans toward the more subdued, introspective end of the spectrum. Rather than wallow in the sadness, he finds beauty in the grays and browns of urban life.

Excerpt from review of original Standard Recordings release (May 5, 2005) from (Jack Shepler, editor-in-chief)

Full review of Artemis Records re-release (March 28, 2006) to be posted later.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy Indy Scarf Rock Goodness June 23, 2006
By Chelsea
Format:Audio CD
I don't generally write reviews, even for bands and albums that I genuinely quite enjoy. This, though, is definitely an exception in any number of respects. Really, Margot is an exceptional band in every respect, and contrary to some of the other reviewers, I don't think they really sound quite like anyone else.

Death Cab For Cutie and Arcade Fire seem to be the most common comparisons, but Margot, for me at least, seems a lot more... genuine, perhaps? The songs ring true because they're both poignant and touched with humor, rather than just being chocked full of emo over-sensitivity. They also sound amazingly polished, considering this is their first release and the band has only been together about a year. Their sound is also amazingly deep and layered, partly for the obvious reason that they have an eight person band where most bands are half that, and also because the vocals are just as genuine and beautiful as the songs themselves.

All in, definitely pick up a copy... its one of the most satisfying things I've heard this year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An indie masterpiece March 28, 2006
By J-Bob
Format:Audio CD
I purchased the original independent release of this album and it is remarkable. Amazing songwrtiting, unique and compelling arrangements, vocals that will break youir heart. It's very likely the best CD of 2005, in my opinion. I plan to pick up the re-release because this album is just that damn good. Do yourself a favor and order it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable July 6, 2007
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As far as I'm concerned, Richard Edwards is the second best songwriter making music today.

He crafts beautifully simple tales of love, loss, hope, skepticism, optimism, desperation, acceptance, confusion, wisdom, intelligence, humor, wistfulness, passion, fatigue, fantasy, cats, and cleverness. One feeling strikingly absent from the range of emotions is regret. No matter how dark Edwards goes, he always seems to have a firm grasp on the bigger picture, a sense that he's smarter than the shittiness in life. It makes me feel happy and safe.

I won't discuss any particular songs except to say that "Talking in Code" is my third favorite song of all time.

Where I'm at in July 2007, Margot's web-site says their second album is titled "Animal!" and will blow us all away. I've heard demos and live performances of several of the new songs (in particular "Broadripple is Burning" and "Ocean"), and I honestly believe the next album might possibly be better than "The Dust of Retreat", whether its really called "Animal!" or not (which I personally think would be a ridiculous and genius name). They enjoy making up outrageous lies about themselves, so who knows.

These guys will be talked about for years to come within the indie genre at least, and will hopefully find appreciation from a wider range of smart people. They're inventing their own genre and it's a masterpiece, and they deserve to make a lot of money for it. But that likely won't happen.

If you like Margot, also check out Brand New, Okkervil River, Rocky Votolato, Straylight Run, Andrew Bird, and Voxtrot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Tis great
One of my favorite albums from one of my favorite bands
Published 3 months ago by J. R. Tompkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-listen
The must have of all the Margot and the Nuclear So & So's albums. I can;t imagine anyone not loving this record.
Published 11 months ago by krans
5.0 out of 5 stars GET IT.
This is one of my new favorite albums. It's beautiful, and probably my favorite album from Margot. I absolutely recommend it.
Published 18 months ago by Emma Lee Maria Anderson Millspaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars A Spectacular Debut
I only recently came across this gem of an album from the Indiana based Margot and the Nuclear So and So's. Read more
Published on October 9, 2012 by M Fine
5.0 out of 5 stars Their First is Still Perhaps Their Best
I'm not crazy about the latest direction this band has taken, but this album remains one of my all-time favorites (and I don't say that lightly). Read more
Published on August 27, 2012 by Travis Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars I love M&tNS-a-ss
Absolutely THE best band I discovered in three solid years of going to indie concerts. And this is their best album.
Published on May 2, 2011 by Kyree
5.0 out of 5 stars This May Be The Best Band Most Have Never Heard Of
"Margot and the what?" people say if I ever mention this band. I listened to some of their stuff online before ever picking up this full CD from Amazon. Read more
Published on January 20, 2011 by J. Tucker
5.0 out of 5 stars Like A Tiger Creepin'...
Once upon a time my cousin and I were driving out to my grandma's around 1a.m. I noticed that i was tapping my foot to the music that was playing. Archer Avenue. Read more
Published on March 8, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars Really very fine and good
I was introduced to this album when I got XM radio, because they played 2-3 songs off of it sometimes. Read more
Published on February 8, 2007 by Alex Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars super awesome
There is not one song on this album that isn't good! It keeps me bouncing while I drive. In constant rotation in my cd player :)
Published on January 21, 2007 by Kate
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