Still Living CD (2011)

Artist: Ganglains

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Product Overview


SKU 223414679
UPC 728028127867
UPC 14 00728028127867
Format CD
Release Date 8/23/2011
Author Ganglains
Associated Artist/Work Eat Skull
Artist Influence Pavement
Artist Influence The Beach Boys
Artist Contemporary Alex Bleeker & the Freaks
Artist Contemporary Altar Eagle
Artist Contemporary Christmas Island
Artist Contemporary Eat Skull
Artist Contemporary Sic Alps
Artist Contemporary Thee Oh Sees
Artist Contemporary Wavves
Artist Contemporary Young Guv
Technical Info
Engineer Robby Moncrieff
Producer Robby Moncrieff; Ryan Grubbs
CatalogID LEFSE 022
Lable Name Lefse Records
Released 08/23/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 55m : 32s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00728028127867
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Mixers: Robby Moncrieff; Ryan Grubbs.
Recording information: A282; The Hangar, Sacramento, CA.
Photographer: Ryan Grubbs.
In the two years between their 2009 album Monster Head Room and Still Living, Sacramento's Ganglians signed to Lefse Records, leaving behind the dingy cobwebs of Woodsist's roster and attempting to take their music into sunnier pastures. With a running time of just under an hour, the album stays true to the psychedelic flavor of their early tracks, but the group enlists Dirty Projectors producer Robby Moncrieff to beef up the music. Despite sounding more like a product of the studio than of the bedroom, Ganglians remain fundamentally themselves on Still Living -- they still have lo-fi merits, and are drenched in gallons of chamber reverb. However, the songs are more melodic and nuanced than any of their previous albums, and they discover many moods within their washed-out sound. Conceived as a double LP, the first six songs are traditional lo-fi pop -- in the style of Kurt Vile or Panda Bear -- and the second six are more adventurous, jumping around aimlessly from the strange and icy "Things to Know" and "The Toad" to the indie-style garage rock of "Good Times" and "Faster." Ryan Grubbs has blossomed into a confident vocalist, and the other bandmembers (Kyle Hoover, Alex Sowles, and Adrian Comenzind) have made serious progress as well. From the performances, to the songwriting, to the production, Still Living is the group's strongest, most multi-dimensional album. ~ Jason Lymangrover
Artist Overview
Falling somewhere between the noise-pop of bands like Wavves and Woods and the blissed-out psychedelia of the Beach Boys, Sacramento, California's Ganglians spent much of 2008 recording. Their debut single, a limited-edition split 7" with Eat Skull, appeared January 2009. The band's tours and releases came quickly after that, with an appearance at that year's South by Southwest festival and a self-titled EP and a full-length album, Monster Head Room, arriving on Woodsist. Where Ganglians was abrasive and self-recorded, Monster Head Room was cleaner and trippy at the same time. After a 7" on Captured Tracks, Ganglians signed with Lefse Records, and in 2011, they released Still Living. ~ Heather Phares
Professional Reviews
Uncut (magazine) (p.87) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Ganglians take care to lace everything with bright, primary colour melodies..."
Disc 1
1 Drop the Act
2 That's What I Want
3 Evil Weave
4 Sleep
5 Jungle
6 Bradley
7 Things to Know
8 Good Times
9 Toad, The
10 California Cousins
11 Faster
12 My House
Product Attributes
Artist Ganglains
Music Format Compact Disc

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