Lazarus - "Like Trees we Grow up to be Satellites"

Discussion in 'General Discussion archive 2005 (read-only)' started by Codreanu, Jan 1, 2006.

  1. Codreanu

    Codreanu Guest

    As the response to my pick for best album of '05 was so overwhelming *snickers* I thought to upload my favourite from '04 as well. Enjoy, or not.

    Lazarus - "Like Trees we Grow up to be Satellites (The Backwards America)"

    01. The Walking Sonnet
    http://s9.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=1XQAXB60R5A9K1394Z3XCSUYSE

    02. Fashion-Murder
    http://s9.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=230LPDP0ZQ9HD195IF2AEGPDJ0

    03. This American Dream
    http://s9.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=24QF40E1R4JA63CDVRLTZJGG2Q

    04. Croslin St.
    http://s9.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=0HAEZ4CEA1MBF1Z7JIYQ0UR6D7

    05. The Poet of Emptiness
    http://s16.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=1ORO4MOUPSO8L341NTYLTSGP6U

    06. Michelle from Somewhere
    http://s16.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=1V4D81MY8UJCT2ZKQ8HBYYTQ4J

    07. Singing to the Thieves
    http://s16.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=1EN2TUWUVJZYN3GN8VBMCCYT40

    08. With-What-We
    http://s16.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=1MUXJL4XICHEL3VJN8FT55YVKM

    09. Breathing in Backyards
    http://s16.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=0RV487B6SI0QS15YEW91LH5YKP

    10. Mostly Ghosts
    http://s16.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=1QTGY8PDV9C193JJ3JEMXLYDQM

    11. Yes. Roam.
    http://s16.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=11TNHODWZMSX92US1BR3XH5HWM

    Watching Lazarus (aka Trevor Montgomery) open for Explosions in the Sky at the Garage recently was rather like watching the grim reaper – albeit in a hoodie – perform his favourite party songs. The set was heavy, almost oppressive, with solemnity and sorrow. Much of the audience fled to the bar at the back. Those who remained watched a compelling and startling performance – a man and his guitar and his infinite sadness.

    On first listen, much of Like Trees… is reminiscent of Elliott Smith – from the spartan arrangements and restrained sound palette, to the almost suffocating weight of misery and loss threaded into the songs themselves. On second listen, the subtle arrangements jump out at the listener, recalling at times the work of Sufjan Stevens (without Stevens’ happy-go-lucky feel) or Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart, particularly on the disturbing album closer ‘Yes. Roam.’. Rather like Sleater-Kinney’s recent album The Woods, Like Trees… is a frantic howl at modern America, full of doubt and dislocation. The album’s centrepiece is, unquestionably, ‘This American Dream’ – a tale of blood, oil, depression and credit card binges at suburban malls. The commentary is isolated and insular, rather like someone yelling at the outside world from behind their bedroom window, their breath fogging up the glass. In places, Montgomery gives up entirely, “I’m starting to forget/The reason I cared in the first place,” he yelps on the otherwise (incongruously) upbeat ‘Singing to the Thieves’.

    As gloomy as the San Francisco Bay in January, there is a cathartic feel to Like Trees… – in a kind of wandering around in the rain, fists clenched tight, sobs stuck in your throat sort of way. Sometimes we all have moments like this.
     
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