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Great Northern excel at low-key, hypnotic ballads and mid-tempos that transcend the decades. Singer-keyboardist Rachel Stolte sings with zombied emotion, sounding both urgent and unimpressed by her sonic surroundings that ebb and swell like a small quiet room overwhelmed with grandeur, as if the sound is about to burst beyond its predetermined dimensions. It’s these tensions and contradictions that best serve the Los Angeles-based band’s second album. Even the band’s roots are distorted, recalling not ‘60’s psychedelia but ‘80’s Southern California Paisley Underground psychedelic revival, as the pace often recalls the purpled haze of Rain Parade. “Houses” uses a thick bass to drive Stolte’s pop vocals and harmonies to the dark side, boiling over from its beginning simmer with guitars and keyboards that eventually loop and feedback. Singer-songwriter Solon Bixler co-writes these songs with Stolte and together they often carve out a dreamlike state. “Driveway” plays like a weightless object, its melody sweeping over a static keyboard that sounds almost frozen in space.

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Good Stuff

I have about 9,000 songs in my iTunes library and consider myself a serious music lover. I first heard Great Northern a couple of years ago when their track "Home" was featured as a free download of the week on iTunes. I subsequently bought Trading Twilight for Daylight and have been hooked ever since. That album has more plays than any other album in my collection which says quite a lot. So needless to say I am extremely happy to be listening to this new release. Again it is a shear delight to hear Rachel's voice. These guys are diamonds and it's only a matter of time before they get the limelight they deserve. I have been fortunate to see them live in a tiny club in SC twice and hope they return. If you like well constructed songs with fabulously catchy riffs then Great Northern will not let you down. Buy this and watch for them on tour. Thanks Great Northern for another classic.

A fabulous CD which exceeded expectations.

A few fabulous songs from Trading Twilight for Daylight (namely, Telling Lies and Home) and had me convinced this band has unbelievable potential. That being said, Great Northern's previous album left me unfufilled. The melodies were good, not amazing, and some of the singing just didn't suit me. However, Remind Me Where the Light Is is an extremely powerful album, one that I will be listening to for a long time. The songs flow extremely well into eachother throughout the CD, and the CD creates an atmosphere rivaling that of any other band out there. The first three songs on the album are nothing short of exceptional, particularily Houses and Fingers. I have listened to Houses so many times it is ridiculous, but I keep coming back, as its unbelievably catchy, yet creates a powerful atmosphere. Fingers is more laid back (yet still has the driven feel that is characteristic of the band), slowly building through the song, and has an extremely good melody line. The rest of the album manages to continue in excellence. Stop features a very nice change of pace, slow and rather pretty, which heads into the heavy-sounding New Tricks, which is certainly an interesting listen. Mountain creates an excellent upbeat chorus while remaining powerful in sound, and is certainly a track worth mentioning. For the final third of the album, Warning shows the songwriting abilty of Great Northern, as it has a different feel than the album thus far, using interesting instruments to create another great melody. Driveway is nothing short of amazing, making you wonder why it isn't on the radio, as its powerful and extremely beautiful. Of course, I'm wondering how this band can keep this up around halfway through the album, and I can't even express how impress I am by this point. Yet Numbers is another fabulous song, with great melody and powerful sound. The final song, 33, kinda veers off all of the sudden. A nice guitar backs a folkish song, with, of course, a sound that is unmistakebly Great Northern, and it fits well. I am extremely impressed by this album, and if anyone wants a taste, try out Houses, Driveway, or Fingers. Fingers is most definative of the album as a whole, so that would be the best. One of the best albums I've heard.

for the price of a value meal

If the $6 price tag is not enough to convince you to at least try these guys out, then nothing can save you. I did, and it was the best decision I've made all week.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

The Los Angeles-based quartet Great Northern creates a shimmering hybrid of alternative rock and textured dream pop. The heart of the band is singer/songwriter Solon Bixler, who was raised in a classical music environment as the son of a composer and conductor. His first introduction to the music business, however, was a stint as the guitarist for 30 Seconds to Mars from 2000 to 2003, followed by a short period in the Grandaddy-influenced psych pop outfit Earlimart. After writing and recording a...
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