On the turntable
Other Lives-Tamer Animals(tbd records/white iris)2011
I usually try to make it through an album a few times before sitting down to write about it but Other Lives new record Tamer Animals is currently blowing my mind. This record is so atmospherically lush on par with bands like Grizzly Bear and Sigur Ros. Each track is a stunning blend of subtle vocal harmonies, rich string/horn/reed orchestrations, beautiful piano melodies and unique arrangements. It is a hefty task to take on such a cinematic scope and keep it from sounding overworked and overbearing. Other Lives succeed in keeping things fresh from start to finish drawing you deep inside a rich musical landscape. Tamer Animals is a record that will demand repeat listens and reward with new experiences. The artwork is just as mysterious and otherworldly as the music and the Lp is on 180-gram vinyl. Included in the packaging is the full album on cd what more could you ask for!