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Canopy Glow

Anathallo

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

Anathallo’s second full-length release, Canopy Glow, could have held the same title as its debut, Floating World: never have the band sounded so subtle, with airy, built-on-cloud constructs threatening to float away if it weren’t for the occasional firmly grounded piano and lower octave vocals acting as anchor. The band makes good use of all seven members with plenty of auxiliary percussion and instruments like flugelhorn, trombone, and autoharp painting a radiantly beatific world in which to escape. “All the First Pages” is anathema to any dark and gloomy day, and the graceful “Northern Lights,” with its delicately layered vocals, recalls Seattle’s Fleet Foxes. Glistening percussive layers, acoustic guitars and ethereal keyboards drive opening track “Noni’s Field,” with strings and a gentle drum crescendo pulling it all tightly together at the end. Erica Froman’s breathy voice pulls the listener in on tracks like “Italo” and “Sleeping Torpor,” and she further sweetens the band’s sound with her gently plucked autoharp. Canopy Glow is a world apart from the band’s earlier, more rock-induced EPs (and a half a world apart from Floating World, where Anathallo softened its sound), offering refined pop music as welcome refuge from the harsher tones of everyday life. Fans of Fleet Foxes, the Decemberists and Sea Wolf will take delight.

Customer Reviews

Awesome.

Canopy Glow is perfect, but in a different way than Floating World. Maybe I have just grown accustomed to Anathallo's sound, but it took me longer to get used to Floating World than Canopy Glow. Maybe it also has something to do with the fact that the first time I listened to Canopy Glow was right after seeing Anathallo in concert. Anathallo could be dubbed an "acquired taste," but anyone listening to them for the first time should be able to acknowledge that this band has something special. It took many listens for me to appreciate Floating World as much as I do now, and I still find new things I hadn't noticed before. Canopy Glow is the same way, but feels somehow more accessible. By that I mean that the songs on Canopy Glow stand alone more immediately than those on Floating World. Standing alone is irrelevent, however, and both albums are great. Since this is still a review of Canopy Glow, let it be known that there is not a bad song on this album. Every song has so many layers of pure genius, and they evolve. Some of the songs (Noni's Field in particular) are catchy from the start, but all the songs build and grow into something amazing. The lyrics are superb, void of anything sappy or generic. The bottom line is this: if you buy only one new album this year, may it be Canopy Glow.

Beautiful - A Must Buy

This is a beautiful, beautiful record. I've had it for about two weeks now, and I cannot stop listening. It's completely captivating and will grab your attention, and the multilayerd sound makes it great for repeated listenings. I cannot recommend it highly enough! Pick up Floating World while you're at it. ;)

Yes, sir!

Holy damn. This is a great album! It's a great follow up to Floating World and a great add to the collection of beautiful music by Anathallo. This album stays new, fresh, relaxing, and upbeat all the way through. See Anathallo live and you will not regret even one millisecond of it. 20 stars

Biography

Formed: 2000 in Mt. Pleasant, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Expansive indie chamber pop seven-piece Anathallo was conceived in vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Matt Joynt's hometown of Mt. Pleasant, MI in the autumn of 2000. With the band's name taken from a Greek word for "blooming again", over the next six years the group was reborn several times, with seven of the members leaving the band as Joynt led the lineups through a succession of EPs. In 2006, after releasing Floating World, a conceptual album loosely based on a Japanese fairy tale, Joynt was convinced...
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