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Tamer Animals [Digipak]

  • 1. Dark Horse
    2. As I Lay My Head Down
    3. For 12
    4. Tamer Animals
    5. Dust Bowl III
    6. Weather
    7. Old Statues
    8. Woodwind
    9. Desert
    10. Landforms
    11. Heading East
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0017

  • Credits
    ProducerJesse Tabish; Jonathon Mooney; Joey Waronker
    EngineerJesse Tabish; Jonathon Mooney; Joey Waronker

    Personnel: Jesse Tabish (vocals, guitar, piano, harmonium, organ, percussion); Jonathon Mooney (violin, trumpet, French horn, piano, organ, percussion); Patrick Conlon, Nokosee Fields, Nick Lindley, Kylie Ahern (violin); Jenny Hsu (cello, background vocals); Colby Owens (clarinet, percussion); Matt Barnes (bass clarinet); Toan Tran (bassoon); Mark Haworth (trumpet); Tony Cleeton (French horn); Chad Copelin (organ); Josh Onstott (percussion, background vocals); Colin Fleishacker (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Joey Waronker.
    Recording information: Black Watch Studios.
    Like the indie rock equivalent of Sergio Leone's spaghetti Western films, Tamer Animals mixes dusty, dramatic songwriting with orchestral arrangements, creating a sound that's difficult to trace to any single genre or location. It's an Americana album, but only by the slimmest margin; few Americana albums are this cinematic, with horns and symphonic strings occupying as much space in the mix as the acoustic guitars. Violins sweep their way through "For 12" like waves, adding some ambience to a song that would otherwise be a minor-key folk ballad. Other songs have grander gestures that border on the Arcade Fire's anthemic wallop, but Tamer Animals rarely sustains that sort of epic sound over an entire track. Instead, the album flits between the majestic and the miniature, rooting each song in Jesse Tabish's guitar arpeggios and weary folk vocals while finding ample opportunity to bring in other instruments. Other musicians are brought in, too, including a violin quartet, and the result is an album that manages to sound both elegant and organic, like classical music made by people living off the land. ~ Andrew Leahey

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.74) - "[T]hese Oklahomans seem fascinated by folky Englishmen of yore, though Other Lives lean more toward Fleet Foxes than Fleetwood Mac."
    Q (Magazine) (p.114) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "TAMER ANIMALS presents an imaginative journey across the American west....It's transporting enough to leave haunting echoes all its own."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Band linchpin Jesse Tabish's love of Ennio Morricone and Steve Reich is evident in the stately, parping orchestration..."
    Pitchfork (Website) - "[M]eticulously written and arranged and, at times, vividly cinematic."
    Uncut (magazine) (p.93) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] sumptuous, bittersweet and exquisitely orchestrated folk-pop panoramas..."
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