Flake Music / When You Land Here, It's Time To Return
Album: When You Land Here, It's Time To Return   Collection:General
Artist:Flake Music   Added:Nov 2014
Label:Sub Pop Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2014-11-14 Pull Date: 2015-01-16
Week Ending: Jan 18 Jan 4 Dec 14 Dec 7 Nov 30 Nov 23
Airplays: 1 1 4 2 1 4

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 21, 2018: FMF
Spanway Hits
4. Jan 13, 2015: Setting Fire to the Lab
Blast Valve
2. May 11, 2015: Shytown
5. Jan 02, 2015: Clean Copper Radio
Vantage, Vantage
3. Jan 29, 2015: ZoëRadio
6. Dec 11, 2014: The Sunset Life

Album Review
Reviewed 2014-11-14
In 1992, James Mercer (The Shins and Broken Bells) formend Flake Music in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This album was originally released in 1997, and it has all of the elements of a great indie rock album from this era. They went on tour with Modest Mouse at the time. When I listened to this, it made me think of early Built to Spill or Pavement, but with the voice of the Shins, and that is pretty awesome if you ask me. It is complete with lots of instrumental tracks, quirky lyrics, and some devolution into long jamming outros. It's really great.

Recommended tracks: 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 11

1. (2:25) Spanway Hits - This one has some familiar Shins-esq phrasing but with much rougher instrumentation. Love it.
2. (2:54) Blast Valve - Great lyrics to start off, and then the lyrics go away before you are even a minute into the track and the band just jams...it rules.
3. (1:21) Roziere - This is a completely instrumental track, beautiful guitar, some cool effects, simple and very cool.
4. (3:40) Structo - This really made my Built to Spill loving self happy. Great song. The guitar melody is one that is sure to stick in your head, and the build at the chorus is great.
5. (0:52) Candy Dish Of Diamonds - "1, 2, 3, 4" followed by some guitar strumming, with 1 minute of staticy sounds at the end.
6. (4:06) Deluca - Uptempo rocker. Distorted, urgent, vocals, awesome transitions. Love this.
7. (2:51) Mieke - Mid tempo, some good James Mercer falsetto on this one. Totally see why they toured with Modest Mouth in '97 :)
8. (2:11) On The Playground, In The Wind - Super distorted vocals, minimal instrumentation, mid tempo. Builds slightly at about 0:50, but remains super mellow.
9. (3:11) The Shins - Great mid-tempo indie rock track. Another one where we can see the beginning of Mercer's Shins style. Great.
10. (2:31) Faded Polaroids - This one is kind of my least favorite, but it is still solid. Cool guitar effects, but the vocals are kind of whiny.
11. (5:19) Vantage - Album closes with a completely instrumental 5+ minute track, and it is so awesome. Love this one.

Track Listing
1. Spanway Hits   6. Deluca
2. Blast Valve   7. Mieke
3. Roziere   8. On The Playground, In The Wind
4. Structo   9. The Shins
5. Candy Dish Of Diamonds   10. Faded Polaroids
  11. Vantage