Your Universe, Your Mind
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||Everyone Has a Jeremiah Friend||Hypatia Lake||5:19||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Some Type of View That Makes Us All Different Shapes||Hypatia Lake||4:30||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||The Goddamn Factory and the Cog 'n' Wheel Day||Hypatia Lake||5:07||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Breathe Motionless||Hypatia Lake||7:10||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Temporary Things||Hypatia Lake||5:40||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||The Ballad of the Archangel of Time||Hypatia Lake||3:41||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||She Left the Hotel Lobby With Tears On Her Breath||Hypatia Lake||8:25||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
Despite the absolutely atrocious faux-Jamaican (?!) narration (or "spoken interludes," as the liner notes refer to them) this is a thoroughly enjoyable, if uneven, debut EP. The epic guitar heroics that take over after the initial verbal tedium on the first track is reminiscent of Crazy Horse or even Southern fried axe slingers like the Allman Brothers, but after that those references quickly disappear. The second track could be a latter-day Mercury Rev or Flaming Lips outtake as we are transported into the story of the eponymously named settlement known as Hypatia Lake. Because, as on their subsequent full-length, ...and We Shall Call Him Joseph, which furthers the fable, this is the very definition of a concept album. This seven-song collection purportedly introduces us, although in oblique terms, to the fictitious town, its inhabitants, and the candy factory that is at once its primary industry and its soul-sucking antagonist. Elements of the Elephant Six collective and British shoegaze are bandied about, along with the earthy (of '80s American jangle pop) and the ethereal (of the aforementioned Mercury Rev as well as Sparklehorse). It's a captivating debut; it will be interesting to see where the tale takes us next (although despite the spoken narrative it's difficult to picture Hypatia Lake in the Caribbean).