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The Surface We Divide [Super Audio CD - DSD]

Dive Index Audio CD
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listen  1. Cut (Feat. Joseph Arthur) 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Burn Their Bodies (Feat. Cat Martino) 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Agatha (Feat. Patrick Cooper) 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Love Like Ghosts (Feat. Mark Gardener) 5:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Blind & Closed (Feat. Cat Martino & Joseph Arthur) 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Blink (Feat. Patrick Cooper) 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Finally Out (Feat. Cat Martino) 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Framed & Frozen (Feat. S. Shaw) 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Puppet Spinning (Feat. Cat Martino) 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Answers (Feat. Joseph Arthur) 5:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Life On The Wire (Feat. Mark Gardener & Cat Martino) 4:57$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (October 12, 2010)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Super Audio CD - DSD
  • Label: Neutral Music
  • ASIN: B004QDS1VC
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,707 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Dive Index is a collaborative down-tempo electronica project based in New York City and spearheaded by Will Thomas. Their latest recording, The Surface We Divide, features Joseph Arthur and Cat Martino, who sings on Today's Top Tune, "Burn Their Bodies." --KCRW's 'Today's Top Tune'

The Surface We Divide is the latest Dive Index album lead by co-writer and producer, Will Thomas, and features vocal contributions by a solid group of musicians including Cat Martino, Mark Gardener, Patrick Cooper, and Joseph Arthur. Although not the typical way to go about creating an album, this can truly be called a collaborative effort. The project started with the initial music ideas developed by Will, in New York, and sent out to various vocalists all over the world. Communication was then done mostly by email and file exchanges and the songs were recorded in varied environments, including a changing room in an East London shop. With arrangements that combine both acoustic and electric guitars, live drums and electronic percussion, warped, spacey synths and classic cellos, this album is, in a word: magical. Each song starts off with a soft looping arrangement that slowly builds until you reach a point of explosive energy that really brings each song to life. The gorgeous cello work by Julia Kent (Anthony & The Johnsons) and the precision of Kevin O Donnell s (Andrew Bird) drums help push the songs forward, creating an album that can hold it s own in just about any genre. Apart from the spectacular arrangements, what really makes this album stand out is the mixture of male and female vocals that, on their own, have such varied styles, it s a wonder how they managed to combine them all so seamlessly. The Surface We Divide ranges from tracks like Agatha and Finally Out that utilize the full strength of one vocalist, to Blind and Closed that intertwine multiple voices into a modern take on the classic duet. The lyrics seem to have a conversational feel to them, which I feel adds that much more depth to each track. This is one of the more creative and original albums I ve heard this year (but coming from management that hails bands such as cymbals eat guitars and the terror pigeon dance revolt!, what else would you expect?). It s full of rich melodies and intense instrumentals that turn each song into an adventure in itself. The best part is that it comes out on October 12, on Neutral Music, so I d recommend anyone who enjoys any sort of music pick it up then.

Somewhere between life and death, Dive Index occupies the space in between. It s like standing out on the beach of that island, looking out into the edge of the world. It s Will Thomas fault. You can get a glimpse of what Dive Index is about by not just going back to their debut release, but looking into the eye of shoegaze s beginnings. The sonic blaze does not really transfer over into 21st Century fashion, but the haunting visions and deep observations maintain a transparency into Dive Index s culture, which is why it s a perfect fit to include Ride s Mark Gardener. Their downtempo plunge lies in the opener Cut. It beams out like headlights to an empty road. The band immediately proves that that their music is as easy as taking a deep breath of air. But what really makes this album are contributions from Cat Martino. Her vocals express the true essence of soothing. Burn The Bodies is melancholy that will leave you dazed while Finally Out is more posh gray afternoon than Midnight black soaked in red wine. We felt its anticipation in band s like St. Etienne, and I would equally embrace this album. It s future music that lies askew in the pendulum of space and time.

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Features vocals by Joseph Arthur, Mark Gardener, Cat Martino, and Patrick Cooper. Produced by Will Thomas. More info at

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1.0 out of 5 stars The Surface We Divide February 10, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Wow! What a disappointment. I really loved Dive Index "Mid/Air" so much that I got this as well. The songs are repetitive, unfocused, even trite. Avoid this one and get Mid/Air. The Cat Martino vocals are stunning.
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