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The main writing and performing vehicle for former Band of Horses guitarist Mat Brooke, Seattle’s Grand Archives perform a similarly shimmering pop on their self-titled 2008 debut. Brooke’s earnest vocals combine with thick three and four part harmonies that along with heavy production reverb establish the grand in the band’s name. Lyrics slip into abstract, self-referential thoughts that sound even odder against the catchy sing-song melodies. “Swan Matches,” “Index Moon,” “A Setting Sun” and the gorgeous “Sleepdriving” suggest a cross between the baroque ‘60s pop of the Bee Gees and obscurer ‘80s-90s groups as the House of Love and Prefab Sprout. “George Kaminsky” strips things to acoustics and haunting backing vocal harmonies as it recounts a man collecting clovers. Elsewhere, the band whistles and adds pedal steel, French horn, trombone, saxophone, trumpet and flugelhorn to maximize the playground for a modern-day eclectic psychedelia. The instrumental “Breezy No Breezy” uses a noir stalk and incorporates a vague dub groove. An encouraging debut.

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One of the three best albums of the year so far

Matt Brooke has done it again. Not a bad track on the album. "Torn Blue Foam Couch" starts off a series of excellent songs. "Swan Matches," "Minature Birds, "A Setting Sun," and "Sleepdriving" would round out the top 5 for me. It's released at a good time as Spring and Summer come. Sadly, though, It threatens to be one of the more over-looked albums of the year.

Great Album

Very good debut album from Grand Archives. These guys from Seattle really know how to put a record together utilizing all of their musical abilities and more to make a near perfect record. Sleepdriving really brings you in and songs like Miniature Birds give you a nice song to hum along to and snap your fingers to. Check this band out they are great and deserve praise.

Good stuff, but quickly fading.

I got this album a little over a week ago and loved it, but I'm already getting sick of it. Usually with songs I like my play counts get to at least 50 before I start skipping them or taking them off my ipod. These are at about 20 and I pretty much completely quit listening to them. I'm gonna take a little break from this album and come back to it later to see if I change my mind. Either way, it's worth buying.


Formed: 2006 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Although their audience never extended beyond a small cult following, the Seattle indie folk band Carissa's Wierd (yes, that's how they spelled it) helped pave the way for a number of acoustic bands partially inspired by British and American folk-rock of the '60s and '70s, from Joanna Newsom to the Decemberists. Splitting suddenly in 2003 after an eight-year tenure, the group splintered into several factions. Singer Jenn Ghetto started the lo-fi D.I.Y. project S, drummer Sera Cahoone opted for an...
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