Grand Archives

Keep In Mind Frankenstein

Sub Pop

Oct 01, 2009 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share

Nothing silly or south-of-the-belt happening on Grand Archives' second album, Keep In Mind Frankenstein; this one floats high above the clouds, the work of bearded angels on the Sub Pop label. Grand Archives does ethereal, without the mumbling and shuffling of their ancestral band Carissa's Wierd (yes, always wierdly misspelled) and without the widescreen Big Rock of their brethren Band of Horses. Occasionally they touch down for almost human, indie-folk moments, but they quickly launch back into their delicate vocal harmonies. Drummer Thomas Wright must have often been left holding his sticks and just putting out a vibe.

Matt Brooke and Co. seem to have aimed for that brittle, spellbound high point of a transcendent concert, and tried to stay right there for an entire album. And mostly, they've done it. The album is like watching dawn break for 45 minutes: If you're in the mood, it'll take your breath away, otherwise, you may find yourself waiting for something to happen. (

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October 25th 2009

its a Grower not a Show - er!