David Kilgour And The Heavy 8s / End Times Undone
Album: End Times Undone   Collection:General
Artist:David Kilgour And The Heavy 8s   Added:Oct 2014
Label:Merge Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2014-10-31 Pull Date: 2015-01-02
Week Ending: Jan 4 Dec 28 Dec 14 Dec 7 Nov 30 Nov 23 Nov 16 Nov 9
Airplays: 2 1 2 1 3 2 3 3

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 02, 2015: Time Traveler
Comin' On
4. Dec 12, 2014: Time Traveler
Comin' On
2. Dec 29, 2014: In The Year One Thousand, Eight Thousand: Best of The Year 2014. Part 2!
Lose Myself In Sound
5. Dec 11, 2014: Meow
Like Rain
3. Dec 26, 2014: Time Traveler
I Don't Want To Live Alone
6. Dec 05, 2014: Time Traveler
Comin' On

Album Review
Reviewed 2014-11-02
Upbeat indie pop with an early 2000s sound, with some surprises along the way. David Kilgour of New Zealand, former frontman of indie group The Clean, has come out with an album that is at once laid-back and playful, mature yet carefree. Catchy throughout and gets better with more listens, though some songs still blend together too easily.

Favorites: 5, 8, 9. No FCCs noted though “hell” is prominent on track 4.

1. (4:12) Sleepy, psychedelic fade-in. Slow to mid-tempo. Titled “Like Rain,” but “Like a Light Drizzle” would fit even better. Picture the opening credits of a charmingly dysfunctional family film (looking at you Little Miss Sunshine).
2. (3:35) Opens with a bright electric riff. Melodic, simple but uplifting. Pleasant grungy noise scattered throughout.
3. (3:02) Slowed down, mostly instrumental, rolling toms and piano. Theremin-like psychedelic sounds and whispered vocals come in around :50. As if Yo La Tengo and Wilco had a pretty chill baby.
4. (3:21) Mid-tempo, country-inspired. More spring cheer in the strumming. Exploratory in both sound and theme: “Christopher Columbus knew/yeah, he knew/what the hell you’re gonna do?.... Everybody needs a rest.” Note for the repeated usage of the word “hell.”
5. *(2:32) A meandering, more mysterious guitar piece and lower, darker vocals to accompany the change in mood. There’s a background “twang” that grabs you and keeps going. Very Yo La Tengo again, hints of Interpol?; my favorite track.
6. (3:18) Return to Cheery Mountain, for the most part. Echoes hypnotize until power chords cut through the haze. Elements of Supergrass or Oasis.
7. (4:45) “Wrestling with the same old highway.” Similar feeling to #4. Sonically, highs and lows and highs again. Mid-tempo.
8. *(3:10) A refreshing break. Unadorned keys that sound optimistic on their own but lead to the stark, suddenly clear, lonely vocals. “I don’t wanna live alone/it takes too long.”
9. *(4:34) Gradual, plucking build up to a lush full-band mid-tempo track. Around 2:30 becomes louder and more urgent, with scratchier guitars and angrier drums until it comes to a close.
10. (2:50) Resonates well with track 1. Upbeat, short and sweet, despite bitter lyrics about the failures of communication. Jangly guitars driving to an end.

Track Listing
1. Like Rain   6. Dropper
2. Lose Myself In Sound   7. Comin' On
3. Light Headed   8. I Don't Want To Live Alone
4. Christopher Columbus   9. Down The Tubes
5. Crow   10. Somethings You Don't Get Back