CD The Glow, Pt. 2 [Bonus Disc] (CD 1166160),
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The Glow, Pt. 2 [Bonus Disc]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. I Want Wind to Blow
    2. Glow Pt. 2, The
    3. Moon, The
    4. Headless Horseman
    5. My Roots Are Strong and Deep
    6. Instrumental
    7. Mansion, The
    8. (Something)
    9. (Something)
    10. I'll Not Contain You
    11. Gleam Pt. 2, The
    12. Map
    13. You'll Be in the Air
    14. I Want to Be Cold
    15. I Am Bored
    16. I Felt My Size
    17. Instrumental
    18. I Felt Your Shape
    19. Samurai Sword
    20. My Warm Blood
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): KLP133

  • Credits
    EngineerJacob Navarro; Dave Matthies; Karl Blau; Khaela Maricich; Nate Ashley; Phil Elvrum; Kyle Field

    Recording information: Dub narcotic, Olympia, WA (05/23/2000-03/23/2001).
    While It Was Hot We Stayed in the Water expanded the Microphones' lo-fi, psych pop horizons, their 66-minute epic The Glow, Pt. 2 marks an even bigger departure. Named after It Was Hot's sprawling centerpiece, the album explores and explodes styles and moods over the course of 20 songs that lead into one another breathlessly, as if even an hour simply isn't enough time for Phil Elvrum and company to pack in all of their ideas. The album revels in its kaleidoscopic sounds, spanning pastoral folky ballads, playful symphonic pop, and gusts of white noise. Flourishes like the steel drums on the title track and the double-tracked vocals and xylophones on "The Map" make The Glow, Pt. 2 something of a rarity: a lo-fi album designed for headphones. The distorted drums, murky organs, and crisp acoustic guitars that punctuate the album have an oversaturated, almost tangible quality that, while dense, never overwhelms Elvrum's fragile voice or poetic lyrics. The beautiful acoustic ballad "I Felt Your Shape" cautions against holding on too tight to someone, literally or figuratively; "I Am Bored" sets the boredom of a dying relationship to noisy fuzz pop. But it's The Glow, Pt. 2's deep, nearly spiritual yearning that makes it the Microphones' most compelling album to date. Vague, strangely hymnal lyrics like "Through rotting skin I'll leave my coffin/Through callous work I will grow soft," from "I'll Not Contain You," resonate emotionally, albeit cryptically. At times, The Glow, Pt. 2 resembles My Bloody Valentine's Isn't Anything ("I Want to Be Cold") and His Name Is Alive's Home Is in Your Head (especially on the instrumentals); like those bands' best work, the album is dense with musical quick-changes, production tricks, and evocative imagery. Expansive yet accessible, indulgent yet unpretentious, The Glow, Pt. 2 redefines the Microphones' fascinatingly contradictory music. ~ Heather Phares

  • Critic Reviews
    Magnet (12-1/02, pp.96-7) - "...Joyfully anarchic, unpredictable...a big beautiful mess. This is lo-fi experimentalism that takes real of 2001's best..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (2/02, p.103) - "...Rough-cut gems...teh warmest, foggiest indie-folk this side of the Elephant 6 posse..."
    Pitchfork (Website) - "Vocal harmonies blur, disappear, return as ragged organs. Creaky percussion sounds like it might give way at any moment, and sometimes does. Staticky thumps that could level forests give way to calm acoustic expanses." -- Rating: 9.3
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