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Album Review

On their fifth album, the duo of Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp find a kind of balance between sonic texture and thoughtful contemplation that makes for a rare achievement, especially given the unavoidable context of their broken marriage before its recording. The swathes of reverb throughout, not to mention the gently glazed keyboards and soft blends of harmony singing and individual crooning, is something that seems both backward-glancing and of its intentionally imperfect time. But Loud Planes Fly Low captures fragmented moments instead of formless dreams and random wishes: the melancholia that lingers throughout feels like one of experience rather than self-conscious ennui. "Go Ahead" starts the album beautifully on this front, the slow build into a cymbal-heavy conclusion achieving both drama and resolution on a musical front, all while Howard's voice singles out details from a fractured past with a calm, cutting intensity. With that as a strong starting point, the album flows through its ten songs touching on familiar enough touchstones; blissed-out dream pop gentility, early Slumberland-style indie pop, a kind of swooning catchiness that many bands from Scandinavia seem to easily make their own. The best summary of this all might be "A Story," a lengthy, driving number that hints tangentially at the Cure's majestic mood piece "A Forest" not only in title. There are other twists as well — "Without a Focus," with its rough acoustic introduction and Howard's quavering croon, suggests both T. Rex and David Garza in its gentle passion, while the sentiments on the closing "Worthwhile" look back on a past and hope for a future memory in considered, often surprisingly concrete fashion. The embrace of understated dance-rock on "Come Visit Me," Crisp's first lead vocal on the album, is one of many points that keep things from simply being contemplative. There's a sense of energy kicking up and out, a kind of frustration bursting out (suggested in part by that song's chorus containing lines like "I need something happy now").

Customer Reviews

Sublime. Sublime. Sublime

I am an English musician and have been so utterly disillusioned and disheartened
by the nature of our record industry and output over the last 10 years or so. It
started in the late nineties when manufactured pop bands began emerging, majors
earned a quick buck but soon realised these bubble gum, cartoon colouful acts
lacked longevity and so created a new wave of music; still processed, less easy
to spot. Collecting young singers from 'The Brit School' lethargic record execs
caricaturized identities and posed them in the music Market as genuine 'home
grown' musicians. Unfortunately there is nothing organic, original or
inspirational in anything they do - it's formulaic, derrivative, banal and an
insult to musicians who have cut their teeth giging, writing, rehearsing and
finely honing art. In this country it is virtually impossible to get 'grass roots' music
into the public domain because it's become a compartmentalised imdustry and a
closed shop; strictly controlled 'pop farming' - an emblem of post-modern celebrity culture;
all surface.

Fortunately I discovered North Carolina band'The Rosebuds' through a fantastic
independent film ' Easier With Practise'. I really loved the music in the movie
and so the next day googled the soundtrack. One band really struck me and I
downloaded 'Loud Planes Fly Low' from iTunes.

It's been a few years for me since I've discovered new music that actually
touches me and that I get excited about. This record is the best thing I have
heard from a new act in at least ten years. It is Sublime.

To The Rosebuds: Congratulations on creating a truly magnificent piece of art.
You have incredible talent and it's been an absolute pleasure listening to your

To You: Get this record, it's bloody stunning!!!

Nice work once again.

Been listening to this for a good week now and it gets better with each listen. Really pleased with it.

Simply Wonderful!!!

Love this album... specially 'Woods'... wow... so cool!!!

Loud Planes Fly Low, The Rosebuds
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