Sunday, November 26, 2006

Raccoo-oo-oon Is Night People

Recently this blog has been rather dormant, and I don't think that is so good. The point of this blog and our society really has always been to discover new music. Part of discovering new music is sharing the music you've discovered so I've decided to share with you all a new album I have recently listened to non stop. It's called Is Night People, and its by, Raccoo-oo-oon, a band who hail from Iowa.Is Night People was originally released on cassette in 2005, but it was basically only available in Iowa, and less than a thousand copies were made. Since its initial release the album has been it has been remastered by Pete Swanson of Yellow Swans, and re-released on CD.

About a month ago I first heard of Raccoo-oo-oon from a friend of mine who had one of their other cassettes. They seemed rad so I looked them up on the internet. I found out that Is Night People was re-released and from then on I searched for the CD. It took two weeks before I found a copy on eBay. I quickly hit the buy it now option and four days later Is Night People was waiting at my house. As soon as I got it I put it in my stereo and let the waves of noise wash over me. It was better than I had anticipated. Since then Is Night People has basically been the only CD I've listened to (in fact the only other CD's I've listened too have been Pavement). Every track on Is Night People is vaguely similar. You can tell the same band recorded all the tracks yet each one has a different vive to it, but none the less the album flows perfectly. The key to Is Night People's awesomeness and its similarity is the layers of noise. It seems like each track has five guitars, two basses, drums, and some weird synth instruments. Most bands are completely unable of doing this at all, but Raccoo-oo-oon execute it nearly flawlessly. Most of the tracks have little vocals, but the tracks that do don't use the vocals/lyrics to drive the songs they just add to the blissful chaos. I don't know if it really is chaos because although hundreds of sounds bounce into my ears but they are all important and they are all purposeful.

When I first bought this album I thought it would be good, but I had no idea it was going to be one of my favorite albums of the year. You might call it Avant- Garde. You might call it Noise. You might call it experimental or even psychedelic, but it doesn't matter cause all I know is that it is awesome.


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