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7 tracks, 34 minutes. Third and final album from St. Louis/Chicago band. Brooding melancholic experiments with the virtuosity of an epic passionate voice and neo-classical piano flourishes that bloom during the caberet.
"music capable of sending shivers down your spine... velvet-draped baroque'n'roll at its shadowy best" - Kerrang!
The term 90 Day Men was coined by author Samuel Yochelson in his book entitled "The Criminal Personality" to describe convicts who were awaiting psychiatric evaluation. Three young men from St. Louis appropriated this for their own and set about making the kind of music whose angular, repetitive, and impossibly disordered textures clearly reflected the origins of their name.
Since 1995 the band have changed a great deal. Not least with the additon of Andy Lansangan in 2000, who brought with him the pianos, keyboards, organs and acid-soaked vintage synths which marked a dramatic evolution in the band's sound. Panda Park is the highly anticipated third full-length album by Chicago's 90 Day Men. The album crystallizes the band's growth as artists, maturity as composers and mastery of the infinite possiblities of sound. This quest to push the boundaries of exploratory rock music is the driving force behind Panda Park.
The seven songs that constitute the album take the listener on a dark dizzying trip. Drummer Cayce Key's job is a tough one, harnessing the far-flung sounds of bass, guitar and soaring vocals with his rhythmic lattice work of drum patterns. Dense arrangements that many bands would easily muddle and overdo, the Men meticulously fashion together. With all forces pulling in the same direction, Panda Park is an intoxicating hybrid of Slint's emotional claustrophobia and the grandly flamboyant cabaret of David Bowie's Low and other Berlin-period albums. The swirling twists of circular keyboard lines instantly conjure images of mid-70's strobe lit art rock.
It's a quietly grand album full of surprises and hidden corridors. John Congleton (of the pAperchAse) engineered and produced the recording sessions, assisted by Greg Norman and Tim Iseler. Panda Park was recorded during the course of a springtime week in May 2003. Sessions were completed at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio Studios and John McEntire's Soma Studios in Chicago. Congleton's production is fantastic, in the truest definition of the word. His abilities to arrange the myriad sounds created by 90 Day Men make Panda Park sound like an alternate universe of sonic photo fantasies.
1. Even Time Ghost Ca't Stop Wagner
2. When Your Luck Runs Out
3. Chronological Disorder
5. Too Late Or Too Dead
6. Silver And Snow
7. Night Birds
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