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Mercury Rev - Snowflake Midnight / Strange Attractors



Mercury Rev Snowflake Midnight
Mercury Rev - Snowflake Midnight / Strange Attractors
(CD + Free companion album download) YepRoc/V2, 2008-09-30

Tracklisting Snowflake Midnight :
01. Snowflake In A Hot World
02. Butterfly's Wing
03. Senses On Fire | Download MP3
04. People Are So Unpredictable (There's No Bliss Like Home)
05. October Sunshine
06. Runaway Raindrop
07. Dream Of A Young Girl As A Flower
08. Faraway From Cars
09. A Squirrel And I (Holding On… And Then Letting Go)

Tracklisting Strange Attractor :
01. Love Is Pure
02. Taken Up into Clouds, Changed and Rained Down
03. Pure Joie de la Solitude
04. Persistance and the Apis Mellifera
05. Fable of a Silver Moon
06. Loop Lisse, Loop
07. In My Heart, a Strange Attractor
08. Incident on Abeel Street
09. Af Den Fader Kommer Den Sol
10. Because Because Because
11. Nocturne for Norwood

Links :
mercuryrev.com
yeproc.com
myspace.com/mercuryrevmusic

Press Release :
MERCURY REV READIES FIRST NEW STUDIO ALBUM IN NEARLY FOUR YEARS, 'SNOWFLAKE MIDNIGHT,' SET FOR SEPT 30 RELEASE ON YEP ROC RECORDS

INSTRUMENTAL COMPANION ALBUM 'STRANGE ATTRACTOR' AVAILABLE FOR FREE FROM MERCURYREV.COM ON RELEASE DAY

The New York Times has called the music of Mercury Rev "a free associative castle in the air, with every detail shimmering." On 'Snowflake Midnight,' (September 30/Yep Roc Records) the group's first proper album in nearly four years, they tear the castle down.

Recorded over several months in late 2007/early 2008, and co-produced by David Fridmann and Mercury Rev (who remain Jonathan Donahue, Grasshopper, and Jeff Mercel), the nine new songs on 'Snowflake Midnight' mark a significant conceptual shift for the band. If its last landmark release - 1998's 'Deserter's Songs' - signaled a reinvention, then 'Snowflake Midnight' is a reboot.

In a sense, Mercury Rev had to "unlearn" twenty years of experience to make 'Snowflake.' "We wanted to let go of familiar and comfortable ideas of sound and ways of working," says Mercel. Traditional instruments were abandoned for vintage and cutting edge electronics. Songs weren't written so much as they evolved. Order was abandoned, and happenstance was embraced, resulting in one of the most fertile creative outpourings in the band's history. Every song included on 'Snowflake' was edited, manipulated and distilled from hours of recorded material.

A similarly painstaking process went into making 'Strange Attractor,' a companion album which will be made available as a free download from mercuryrev.com and yeproc.com. This all-instrumental album shares some musical themes with 'Snowflake Midnight' but features eleven exclusive, all-new songs. 'Strange Attractor' will also accompany the vinyl release of 'Snowflake Midnight.'

At the behest of curators My Bloody Valentine, Mercury Rev will play the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Catskills, NY on Sept 21. Additional U.S. tour dates will follow this fall. Stay tuned for more information.
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