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Invisible Cities, The / Houses Shine Like Teeth
Album:Houses Shine Like Teeth Collection:General
Artist:Invisible Cities, The Added:07/2009
Label:Noisyfrog Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2009-08-23 Pull Date:2009-10-25 
Week Ending:25 Oct18 Oct11 Oct4 Oct27 Sep20 Sep6 Sep30 Aug
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1.Thu, 22 Oct 09:21 echoes
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4.Fri, 09 Oct 09:Trent Kay
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2.Sat, 17 Oct 09:Big D
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5.Thu, 08 Oct 09:21 echoes
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3.Fri, 16 Oct 09:Trent Kay
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6.Wed, 07 Oct 09:Nate
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Album Review
21echoes
Reviewed 2009-08-14 
Sounds like that other indie-pop band that actually is indie but you can’t quite remember their name. Largely because the album varies widely in what sub-genre of indie it thinks it is—synthy, twangy, emo, electro, dreamy... some interesting chord progressions and band harmonies afoot. Overall, a mediocre affair which feels like it could do with a lot of polish. REX: 6, 10, 13, 3, 14, 5

1. Intro track--accordion, vocal-centric, noisy

2. “8-bit” drum opening fits into the synthy electro-indie-pop track. Some discordant guitar work as well. Slowly evolves to a less electronic cover of itself.

3. Vampy guitar intro, repetitive staccato vocals, bleeds into a sparse, open chorus. After verse chorus verse chorus does a little building bridge/outro

4. A poppier, more up-beat (but still not quite happy) version of track 3.

5. Cool little synth/acoustic guitar intro, then drops a fat bass line. Chorus is noisy/discordant in your expected indie-pop way. Some instrument drop-outs for variation in character. Clearly was meant to be the single of the album?

6. As the title says, “soupy”. Specifically, a high-portamento synth pad in front of a sparse drum machine. Male vocals complete the try-to-be-the-Postal-Service vibe. That said, one of the better songs on the album. Very nice build to end.

7. Quick catchy hook before going a little too weird in the chord choice department. Distortion, angst.

8. Sparse, acoustic guitar and male vocals. Organ and tinkly piano break down before brass interlude complete the picture.

9. Instrumental piece. Looping quarter note multi-instrument punches under some interesting sample/synth/pad work.

10. Bass build makes a claustrophobic, stressful environment under lyrics about geometry. Almost Zero 7 (the bass and chord choices). Then a rocking break down. WARNING: Unrelated filler material/transition at end. Song really ends at 3:01.

11. Filler track to parallel 1. Male vocals and random guitar action.

12. Sparse, repetitive, noisy.

13. The-Edge-plays-bass riff, male vocals form the center of the building grove. Death Cab. Maybe skip the unnecessary noisy outro (starts around 4:05)

14. Acoustic outro track.

15. Silence

16. Noisy/loopy. There’s a reason it’s hidden, eh?

--21echoes

Track Listing
1.Lizard Brain 8.49 Red
2.Corpus Callosum 9.Oh, Drone
3.Saints 10.Pythagorean Theorem
4.The Only Reason The Club Was Made 11.San Jose
5.Flipped Out 12.Everybody Sits Around The Table
6.Marine Parade Road (Soupy) 13.Nowt
7.Carrier Pigeon 14.Tube Song