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2011 album from the New York-based Alt-Rock band made up of two brothers and three longtime friends. Celebration, Florida is an exhilarating amalgamation of frightening horn sections, unexpected 808s, ambient synth lines, schoolyard taunts, booming, primitive drum beats, heavy bass lines, piano, violin, accordion, ringing guitars, rave beats, and sinister acid jazz that captivates and mystifies. Recorded in the library and theater of Beacon, NYs old high school, the band explores a multitude of sounds and instrumentation throughout the expansive album. It's inspired, imaginative, heady, menacing, passionate, and rollicking. Most importantly, it's as steadfastly authentic as ever, expanding upon the dark, woozy undercurrent of ramshackle barroom blues, vaudevillian atmospherics, and surreal storytelling of their previous albums
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It all works here. The Felice Brothers are challenging you and that's what good artists do. It is certainly more eclectic than their previous efforts but still pure Felice. It's a daring, bold artistic statement that succeeds beautifully!
Get this record. Spend a bit of time with it. You'll be glad you did.
Strange mixture of other bands that I'm hearing though. It's not unusual to hear some traces of Pink Floyd in bands but the other two groups I'm hearing are more prevalent and are a freaky influence. Try Pearls Before Swine and Lothar and the Hand People on for size. Rarely hear either of those two and probably never Lothar et al. And more Balaklava PBS than One Nation Underground [which I like better]. Yonder Is the Clock was very reminiscent of Tom Rapp's vocals and that contiues here but not quite as nasally.
The instrumentation on Celebration is not as sparse as Yonder but no song on Celebration picks up the tempo. Don't need to be on a bummer trip while listening to the whole thing. Yonder is better, but only by a nose.
Yes this record is their most "different and experimental," but it all fits within their sound. Yes their are some synths and electronic drums on this album, but it still sounds like a big ol' delicious piece of Americana Pie.