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Brooklyn, NY's Exitmusic comprised of Devon Church and Aleksa Palladino (of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire") present their debut album, Passage. Passage is a collection of newly-written songs and some of their older tunes that received some new coats of paint. Here, the two tethers that make up Exitmusic's sound one stirring atmospherics, one of grandioise and thoughtful pop are let to bow further out than before. They are, however, also pulled into a tighter, sharper knot at the center.

1. Passage
2. The Night
3. The City
4. White Noise
5. Storms
6. The Wanting
7. Stars
8. The Modern Age
9. The Cold
10. Sparks of Light

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 22, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • ASIN: B007PLRM2G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,242 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Quaker on June 6, 2012
Format: Audio CD
The debut full-length release from this Brooklyn band is a huge leap forward from last year's EP.
"Passage" exudes an icy atmospheric beauty that manifests a tantalizingly moody enchantment,
holding the listener with a hauntingly mystic grip. Softly flowing electronic dreampop refrains
give way to powerful, explosive bursts of celestial flutter-noise--all held together by the stunning,
sometimes lovely, sometimes creepy vocals of Aleksa Palladino. This is an album of immense
depth and substance; with a bold, soaring grandiose dreamscape feel that will leave you wide-
eyed and breathless. Sometimes recalls Beach House, Cocteau Twins, EMA, Sigur Ros, The
Twilight Sad. Really exceptional, one of 2012's best so far.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel on June 19, 2012
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I first came across Exitmusic through their nice rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." The duo is composed of husband and wife team Aleksa Palladino (actress of Boardwalk Empire fame) & Devon Church. The band's first full-length album, PASSAGE, is a trip through spacey atmospheres and crystallized percussion. The best way to describe this band is perhaps by comparing Exitmusic to others; their music sounds like Sigur Ros covering music by Beach House. It's partly dream-pop, partly distorted electronics, and partly psychedelic alternative.

The excellent title track "Passage" serves as the introduction to the album, and it gives a good indication of what follows - soaring vocals over raw guitar, all punctuated by cymbal crashes. The song is packed with an explosive chorus that reminds me of Sigur Ros's final track on "( )". Exitmusic makes great use of dynamics; they make the most out of their time by lying low in quiet soundscapes and disrupting them with equally beautiful distortion. "The Modern Age" might have the most conventional melody, and it serves a strangely tangible track compared to the rest. PASSAGE feels like the score to an experimental movie; it conjures great, vivid images. It's a good album to close your eyes in a dark room and get lost in. The album is concluded by the wonderful "Sparks of Light," ending PASSAGE on one of its best songs.

PASSAGE isn't an album for everyone, but I think that those listeners who enjoy the aforementioned Beach House or Sigur Ros will really like Exitmusic's latest. Standout tracks: "Passage," "The City," and "Sparks of Light." This has been one of my favorite listens of 2012. Give it a chance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lostatlimbo on December 8, 2012
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Imagine a world where Conor Oberst was born, in Iceland, as a woman. She ended up fronting Sigur Ros instead of Jonsi. The band decided Iceland wasn't depressing enough and, along with producer Trent Reznor, moved into a remote studio in Siberia to record an album. Actress Aleksa Palladino (Boardwalk Empire) and her husband come close to that on this dark, cold, intense album that instantly became a favorite of mine.
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Great album. It's winter now, the album is the perfect sound track for these cold, isolated days. Her voice calls me like a siren. I listen to it every morning on my commute, and have been since November. At some point I will stop listening to it as much as I do. Until then, it is like a book I want to read over and over. Hoping for a follow up album from these folks. Great stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CU2MRO on April 14, 2013
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I just decided to buy the other.....nice sound and fits that genre I enjoy so much....indie/alt/gazer/nu-folk/stoner/chill wave.....never gets old and is always a pleasure to have on.....Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 6, 2013
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This album should have more reviews. I'm surprised that it doesn't, with how beautiful and haunting it is. But, maybe that's why it's not being drooled over more by the reviewers--because unless you're full of teen (or new adult) angst and/or are listening at night, in one of those thoughtful moods, it's not going to really hit you right. That said, I've been listening to this album in the dark, when I'm doing one of my midnight writing sessions. It works. The songs are well-built. They're layered, haunting and epic compositions. The vocalists are emotional and their voices go well with the instrumentation. I love them.

I just got this album, so I'm still working through it. So far, "Passage," "Storms," and "White Noise" are my favorites. I'll update my review as I become more familiar with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Anderson on February 18, 2013
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perhaps one of the most overlooked bands. moody atmospheric, addicting.do your ears a favor and obtain this album, and check out their earlier release also, brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dayna on February 5, 2013
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I found 'Exitmusic' while listening to me 'Sigur Ros' station on pandora- and boy was I blown away.

This duo performs with so much emotion, I found myself lost in their created wonderland.

The musical arcs of their music is simply amazing- and extreme-

There is so much to say- but its hard to put into words this level of beauty.

If you like Sigur Ros and progressive rock- or even appreciate goosebump-inducing combonations and fascinating music- pick them up and spend some time getting lost.

It is time well spent.
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