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I Was Raised On Matthew, Mark, Luke & Laura

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Album Review

Arriving two years after a string of promising EPs, the full-length debut from Detroit's Pas/Cal expands on those early works to deliver a highly satisfying opus of panoramic Indie pop. The magic of I Was Raised on Matthew, Mark, Luke & Laura is only fully revealed after repeat listens, however, since it takes time to get acclimated to their intensely intricate, ever-fluctuating songs. In many ways, the music eschews traditional song structure, constantly shifting in tempo, rhythm, melody, dynamics, and just about every other salient element. That's not to say the music isn't catchy or carefully arranged, but that these elements are sometimes only subtly apparent amidst the constant state of reinvention. In fact, bandleader/producer/arranger Casimer Pascal displays a remarkable attention to detail and craft throughout; it's no wonder that the album was so long in the making. Sequencing is a key element here, for better or worse, since the album leads off with two of its headiest tracks. Upon first listen this can be a bit daunting; "The Truth Behind All the Vogues She Sold" risks sounding a bit meandering and overly precious before the excellent "You Were Told for Me" arrives to establish a more well-defined context, which blossoms magnificently in all that follows. Keep in mind, this is the sort of music which will engage and reward the attentive listener, but is bound to utterly fail as background music. Despite the wide array of instruments employed on every track, the songs rarely feel full or cluttered, but rather are dreamy and lightly frivolous in the best possible way, an aesthetic used to maximum effect on album standouts "We Made Our Way, We Amtrakked," and "Little Red Radio." Lyrically, each song brims with a dense, spiraling narrative reminiscent of Destroyer's fractured poeticism, while the nearly ever-present soaring vocal harmonies add additional color to the beautiful melodies. Situated towards the end, the three-song "Suite Cherry" builds into a striking finale, the relatively straight-forward but no less captivating "Citizen's Army Uniform." All in all, a very impressive and innovative debut.

Customer Reviews

All Grown Up.

This has a nice polished sound to it. I like this so much better than the last album.

Unique Sound and Great Musicians

About once or twice per year I become attached to an album that I just have to hear over and over. This has been that album.

Pas/Cal goes pop and does it well!

I've been waiting for this album for such a long time, and I'm so happy it finally came out! Pretty much every single song on it is amazing, and I can't stop listening to it. They are all over the internet, and should be on your iPod!! If you haven't listened to it yet, then you should definitely stop whatever you are doing to go listen. You'll love it!

Biography

Formed: 2000

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Detroit's Pas/Cal formed in November 2000, when Gene Corduroy (lead guitar), Casimer Pascal (rhythm guitar, vocals), and Little Tommy Daniels (drums) collaborated to write "The Cigarette Blouse Rebellion." That first songwriting session was the first of many, and the band's casually refined pop sound quickly took shape. Nathaniel Burgundy joined as the group's bassist in February 2002, and the band signed with international pop label Le Grand Magistery Records soon after. The label released their...
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