ARTIST:Stapleton TITLE:Rest And Be Thankful DATE:2008/08/20 FORMAT:CD PRICE:1,890yen
STAPLETON "Rest And Be Thankful " TTR-403CD \1,890
ひっそり”グラスゴーのデスキャブ”ことインディーロックバンド、ステープルトン。プロデューサーにJ.Robbins 迎えた前作"Hug The Coast" から一年・・また誰にも知られぬ内にビューティフル・アルバムを作っていました。レーベルをMy Vitriol、This Et Al、Jonah Matranga らが在籍する新鋭レーベルXTRA
MILE に移しての通算4枚目もDeath Cab For Cutie、Pinback やGrandaddy、Pavement好きのほんの一部のファンだけは熱狂間違いなし。静かに、より穏やかに、内に内に入っていきたい人は聴いてください。。
1. From Wood To Ridge
2. Versus The Underground
3. Tonight We Will Carry Him Home
4. Absent Friends
5. Passing Place
6. Dear Dusk
8. Chez Chef
9. Asking For You
10. Birds In Formation
11. End And End Well
12. Stanza Your Defeats*
13. Three Cheers*
*Unreleased Tracks for JP only
Death Cab For Cutie, Idlewild, Grandaddy, The Promise Ring,The Getup Kids, Album Leaf, Biffy Clyro, Darci Cash, Meryll, Pavement, Dismemberment Plan, Superchunk, Jawbox, Modest Mouse. Built To Spill, Mineral, Fugazi, Teenage Fanclub, Dartz!
All good things must come to an end,” laments Stapleton’s Al Paxton on Absent Friends, apparently prepared to ride the cliche. Having literally scattered themselves to the four winds, it’s admirable to see that the Brooklyn/Dundee/Glasgow-based quartet haven’t allowed geography to put the kibosh on this strong sequel to 2005’s excellent Hug the Coast. Although Rest and Be Thankful is essentially a melting pot of new material and revamped rarities, it’s nevertheless a cohesive addition to their understated and underrated emotive rock canon. Recorded “in a remote Scottish barn” by Robin Sutherland (Laeto, Copy Haho), from the lush melodies of From Wood to Ridge to the chilling ambience of Tonight We Will Carry Him Home, these sparse surroundings are worn well and perhaps the only weak wood in the tree is found in the listless instrumental Asking For You. To fans of Pavement, Pinback, and everything in between: don’t let this lot slip through your fingers again.
Subba-Cultcha Eddy Thomas
Now this is a band. There are so many acts out there who attain vast sales figures aping and diluting the achievements of those with more integrity, ingenuity and soul than they will ever appreciate, and for the most part, anyone doing anything genuinely different and new are buried in the avalanche, only to be uncovered by the few fans dedicated enough to sift through all the generic bilge. Discovering a band like Stapleton is like finding a diamond nestling among turds in a sewer.
“Rest And Be Thankful” is the Scottish math-rockers fourth opus, following up from the J. Robbins produced “Hug The Coast”, and it retains the extraordinarily high standards this four piece consistently manage to achieve. They have shaved off some of the extreme experimental edges from their early days on the legendary Subjugation label (among a plethora of others) in order to concentrate on tighter arrangements and stronger melodies ? an entirely natural progression which demonstrates their growing maturity.
Having shared stage space with everyone and their mother over the last 10 years or so ? I even played a show with them myself way back in the mists ? I really hope that their time in the sun will come. It’s no less than they deserve for their consistently intelligent songwriting and refusal to compromise their collective vision. True music lovers ? take note, and track down anything you can by this band…