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Ruins

TalkdemonicVinyl
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (October 4, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: GLACIAL PACE
  • ASIN: B005G4GKYU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,886 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Portland, Oregon duo Kevin O'Connor and Lisa Molinaro create lush and evocative instrumental soundscapes under the name Talkdemonic. Formed in 2003, Talkdemonic began as Kevin's pursuit for new frontiers in percussion and analog sound. Lisa joined Kevin shortly thereafter, further shaping Talkdemonic's innovative style with her rich viola and cello arrangements. Talkdemonic released their 2004 darling début Mutiny Sunshine on Lucky Madison Records. In 2006, Kevin and Lisa went on to sign with Arena Rock Recording Co., releasing both Beat Romantic and Eyes At Half Mast.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mountain Man meets a Nintendo April 24, 2012
By Paul
Format:Vinyl
Sweet album. Love the distorted musical twists and bangin sounding drums. Mountain Man meets Nintendo. My kind of music. A must have gatefold album with awesome artwork.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a Piece of Sh#TE! January 3, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
And I say that with much regret, as Talkdemonic's previous albums Beat Sunshine, Eyes At Half Mast, and especially Mutiny Sunshine are truly great albums. Often sparse and lush at the same time, with instrumental blending that creates changing moods and implores repeated listening. Indian Angel, Andean Twilight, March Movement, and Duality of Deathening are some of the most played of the 18,000+ tunes on my ipod. Their unique blend of sublime acoustic guitar, miscellaneous keyboards, accordion, and banjo, a string section that is equal parts melancholy, mysterious, and sensuous, and drums that pace and punctuate their numbers in a way that is reminiscent of the best of hip-hop could ever offer. Talkdemonic has invented a new direction of music that is unclassifiable in any genre, let alone as neo-folk, hip-hop, post-rock, indie-pop, cinematic, or whatever new hyphenated category is hip these days. The problem with Ruins is that they often start off with a great beginning or compelling framework, but then intentionally mar the beauty of it with static, distortion, or 80's computer game sound effects that add nothing to the music. What starts off enjoyable inevitably turns sour and offensive, utterly pointless, and seems like an unfair punishment. It reminds me of how Broadcast did the same thing at the end of their career where directionless and heavy-handed use of ear-piercing and teeth-gnashing noise upended any redeeming element of musical complexity they once had. Sort of like having your cat pee on a beautiful and delicious slice of wedding cake half way through eating it. Or like the insane guy who threw paint on the Mona Lisa. Indeed 'Ruins' is an apt title, evoking the glorious chunks of what their past albums were, interspersed with the rubble and ruin of this new album. A waste of what otherwise had the main ingredients of another great album. But give their previous albums a try, please!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ruins is Sonic Goodness February 15, 2012
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Ruins is an awesome progression from Eyes At Half Mast. It's full of rich textures: distorted violin, loops, keyboards, and synthesized guitars. There's a new blend of grunge and grittiness with an extra layer of sonic goodness. You'll either love it or hate it, like the previous reviewer. Fans of Do Make Say Think, Godspeed You Black Emperor, and Sonic Youth are going to love it. Lisa Molinaro on OPB Sessions recently said: We don't know where we're going but this is where we are at right now.
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