Day Of The Downloads (again)- Magik Markers, Trevor Something and Pelican

Today is The Day of the Downloads, again (Why limit myself to one badly written review at a time?). A mixed bag today with four albums, ranging from post-punk and post-rock to psychedelic. Magik Markers win this round with Surrender to Fantasy, but Pelican’s album is solid too, just, not really new.

Magik Markers (2014)- great psychedelic rock, just have to get past the first song.

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Been on a Mission of Burma kick for a bit. Post-punk from 1982, this is their second album. I shared my affinity for this band with Danger, but he clearly doesn’t like them, I can only imagine the shit he’s going to say about this band the next time I see him. I don’t like this album as much as their first one, some of the energy seems to have been lost in this one.

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Random Download, post-punk from Miami, just released and… Well, it’s free anyway.

Pelican- Arktika (2014)
Post rock from Chicago, their first few albums I absolutely loved with their deep, heavy instrumental rock sound. However, half the songs on this album are basically the same riffs as their older releases with a few classic rock riffs thrown in the mix for good measure. Not a bad album by any means, but the term new doesn’t really apply.

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Mono/ Pelican split (2005)

Today’s selection is the Mono/Pelican split from 2005, epic post-rock from Tokyo and Chicago, a classic split if I have ever encountered one. The first song, Ran Amber is classic Pelican and an excellent introduction to the band if one had never heard them before. The second song makes this a collectible in my opinion, the James Plotkin remix of Angel Tears, which is awesome.
The third sound is by Mono, Yearning, which is almost sixteen minutes long and my first introduction to the Tokyo based post-rock quartet. While the song starts off slow, very slow, it picks up and is quite good with a layered, building sound and many different effects and instruments adding to the texture of the song. I am defiantly going to check out their other albums at some point.
Looking on eBay I almost bought the vinyl version of this album, even though I don’t own a record player. This is as exciting a discovery as I could expect out of a split and am quite glad I found it; 90%

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Mono’s Wiki article

Pelican – City of Echoes (Live in Los Angeles 2006)

Brooding and building post rock from Chicago, perfect Friday afternoon session music. Instrumental without focus being wasted on lyrics, the music takes the listener on a journey. Pelican is like the Skatalites in the sense that no one really dislikes them. It is nice, unabrasive music that can be left on for a hour without anyone noticing or minding.
The first song on City of Echoes starts out strong and heavy, in contrast to the next two songs, which might explain why I overlooked this album for so long, but it is quite good; 87%

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