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August [The Standard]


  • 1. Year of Seconds, A
    2. Five-Factor Model, The
    3. Tree Line
    4. Angelicate
    5. Bells to the Boxer
    6. Paper
    7. Behind the Screens
    8. When Everything Went North
    9. Quiet Bar, The
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 936

  • Credits
    ProducerJeff Saltzman; The Standard
    EngineerJeff Saltzman

    The Standard: Tim Putnam (vocals); Robby Duncan, Gail Buchanan, Jay Clarke, Rob Oberdorfer.
    Additional personnel: Skip Vonkuske, Edith Bradway (strings).
    Recorded at Supernatural Jackpot Studios, Portland, Oregon.
    Personnel: Skip vonKuske (strings).
    Recording information: Gail Buchana Home, Portland, OR; Jackpot!; Jeff Saltzman Home, Portland, OR; SuperNatural.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Tim Putnam; Jay Clarke; Rob Oberdorfer.
    After the success of The Standard's debut, they were afforded the opportunity to move up the indie-rock stepladder, recording their second album AUGUST, with equally august Touch and Go Records. Combining singer Tim Putnam's wavering vocals with alternately punchy guitar workouts and tense, often corrosive "quiet" passages, AUGUST explores a charred landscape of emotions using appropriately cryptic lyrics, uneasy distortions, and occasionally creepy atmospherics.
    Of particular note are "A Year of Seconds," a painful reminiscence about a lost love and barely controlled fury that sets the album's tone, and "Angelicate," which lyrically recalls Tom Waits-style small-town portraits and musically pairs with the album closer, "The Quiet Bar," a piano and string-driven elegy for a dead father punctuated by martial drums and muted ambient effects. But it's the seven-minute "Bells to the Boxer" that really stands out; a slow burner that crescendos after about three minutes with an impressively controlled explosion of ringing guitars and rolling drums.

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