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Can Cladders CD (2007)

Artist: High Llamas

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Track Listing
1. The Old Spring Town
2. Winter's Day
3. Sailing Bells
4. Boing Backwards
5. Honeytrap
6. Bacaroo
7. Can Cladders
8. Something About Paper
9. Clarion Union Hall
10. Cave Cutter (Hills and Fields)
11. Dorothy Ashby
12. Rollin'
13. Summer Seen


Label Caroline Distribution
SKU 203971032
UPC 781484031727
UPC 14 00781484031727
Format CD
Release Date 2/20/2007
Author High Llamas
Bass Jon Fell
Keyboards Marcus Holdaway
Drums Rob Allum
Vocals, Guitars Sean O'Hagan
Artist Bio
High LlamasHailing from London, England, the High Llamas are a band with one mission in mind: to make beautiful pop music. Formed in 1992, the High Llamas have released six studio albums to date, along with a slew of EPs. From their debut with 1992's Santa Barbara, to their critically lauded Gideon Gaye, to their most recent effort on the Drag City label, Buzzle Bee, the Llamas' sound is melodic, densely layered, eclectic, and adroitly produced.Much of the story of the High Llamas is the story of Sean O'Hagan. O'Hagan worked with Cathal Coughlan in the group Microdisney, formed in 1980, until the group disbanded in 1988. O'Hagan then released a solo effort titled High Llamas, the title and album cover of which came from a magazine picture of a Victorian hot-air balloon. In 1992, O'Hagan formed the High Llamas and recorded the Apricots EP. Mute Records took the four tracks on Apricots, added four more tracks, and released it as the High Llamas' debut full-length, Santa Barbara. Their next album Gideon Gaye met with high praise from critics upon its release in 1994. Since that time, the Llamas have been putting out great pop records on a fairly consistent basis.Gideon Gaye and the High Llamas' subsequent releases have garnered for O'Hagan and his Llamas many a comparison to Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. While this resemblance can certainly be heard in the High Llamas' unmistakeable harmonies and the cheery, light quality of their music, many other influences inform the Llamas' sound, including the work of Steely Dan, Ennio Morricone, Burt Bacharach, and Joao and Astrud Gilberto--as well as decidedly more "electronic" acts like Stereolab and Mouse on Mars. In fact, it is the fusion of such seemingly disparate genres as melodic '60s pop and modern electronic music that makes the High Llamas so compelling. They are assuredly a band to watch in the future.
ReviewSource Tiny Mix Tapes
Review It's a cliche that the little things make life worth living, but, as can sometimes be the case with cliches, there's a good deal of truth in it. In my estimation, a new album by The High Llamas is definitely one of those little things that gets unduly taken for granted, and for too long they have existed in the periphery of the already peripheral genre of indie chamber pop. Perhaps this relative obscurity is the unavoidable side effect of creating music so gloriously laid back that it seems effortless, but thankfully, for those who have succumbed to their charms, Llamas mastermind Sean O'Hagan has never let public inattentiveness impede his pursuit of unassuming and blissful melodicism. Continuing this tradition, Can Cladders is an unapologetically lovely affair that is sure to soothe the frazzled nerves of its discerning listening public.
Reviewer Dave Gurney
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Artist High Llamas
Music Format Compact Disc
Pitchfork The most enjoyable High Llamas record in over a decade.
The Onion A.V. Club ...the best album yet by one of the modern-rock era's most loveable bands.
Uncut ...articulate odes to pop's past strike the right balance between carefully studied craft and melodic inspiration.

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