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Old 08-26-2010, 10:55 PM   #1
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The Acorn - No Ghost (June)

This band has been described as an 'alt-country Radiohead' although I think Talking Heads meets Fleet Foxes is probably more appropriate. Their debut album Glory Hope Mountain is incredible and from what I've heard so far, this new album should be equally as good.

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For anyone who fretted that Glory Hope Mountain might have been a beautiful fluke, No Ghost confirms The Acorn’s credentials, building thrillingly on the band’s ability to access a variety of moods and textures. It veers from plangent ballads via scrubby experimentation to conventional rock dynamics, and it’s not incidental that No Ghost was recorded in a cottage in the back of beyond in Quebec, the kind of place where phone signals peter out into static. On occasion the songs here are almost hypnotically hushed. At other times they’re both louder and more unhinged than ever before. There’s always been muscle in The Acorn’s music, now it’s simply more pronounced. It’s most evident on the abrasive “I Made The Law”, a minor-key march that unravels like a curse, and the title track, which kicks off like REM’s “Finest Worksong”, the crunchy riff dodging a maze of harmonics before breaking into a sun-dappled chorus.

The preppy pop bounce of “Crossed Wires”, written and sung by bassist Jeff Debutte, is something new, but much of No Ghost contains echoes of Glory Hope Mountain. “On The Line” and “Kindling To Creation” convey the sense of weary reflection that follows some great storm, while the band’s propensity for zinging guitars and clacking rhythm lights up “Restoration” and “Bobcat Gold Wraith”, which starts as a burbling pot-boiler and builds to something almost anthemic, kicked forward by heavy bass and horns.

“Slippery When Wet” – banish any thoughts of Bon Jovi – enters more fragile territory. It rolls along on a circular folk guitar pattern and gentle fiddle, as Klausener stands amid the fallen leaves and mournfully “counts the colours at my feet”. It’s almost unbearably lovely, but it’s the still simplicity of “Misplaced” that brings it all home. Small and perfectly formed, it’s a vindication of the band’s attitude. Heading towards greatness, but for all that, unassumingly so.
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First single off the album:


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Re: The Acorn - No Ghost (June)

I've been hearing a lot of their stuff on the Canadian indie channel on XM, and I'm liking what I'm hearing.
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Re: The Acorn - No Ghost (June)

This thread is probably in some hidden forum now, but I fucking love this band.
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Re: The Acorn - No Ghost (June)

I really like this album too. I think it has a great balance of interesting sounds. It's a good album to listen to while working.
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If you like this album, I think their first, Glory Hope Mountain is even better.
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I'll put it on my list.
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