Joan of Arc - Oh Brother (2011)

"Featuring collaborations with 14 musicians, including Zach Hill of Hella & Rob Lowe of Lichens, this is indie-rock for the initiated. "Oh Brother" is the combination of four distinct albums embarked upon but never completed by Joan of Arc curator Tim Kinsella. Each album is broken up and spliced together into a tessellating unity of long, noisy, meditative and abrasive, instrumental movements which fill the totality of each side of this double LP. Each side --A, B, C, and D-- contains just one track, with song lengths varying from 20 minutes to 20 minutes and 36 seconds.

Kinsella, known for the elegiac density and free-associative quality of his lyrics, has dispensed with words altogether on this album - choosing rather to break up and splice together these instrumental studio sessions into a tessellating unity. This is Joan Of Arc at their most esoteric and expansive."

"Oh Brother (Joyful Noise) is one of the group's wiggiest albums yet. Or maybe that should be "groups'," since each side of this two-LP vinyl-only release contains a 20-minute composition played by a different combination of personnel; mastermind Tim Kinsella is the sole constant linking the four lineups, which include Hella drummer Zach Hill, Lichens drone maker Rob Lowe, and local jazz-percussion monster Frank Rosaly. The individual tracks are as unpredictable as Kinsella himself; they veer from frenetic free jazz to shroomy psych-drone to contemplative fingerpicked guitar interludes. There's even an occasional bit of the angular post-posthardcore commonly associated with his name, though I expect he includes that just to tease anyone still hung up on Cap'n Jazz."

-Chicago Reader

Artist: 
Joan of Arc
Album: 
Oh Brother
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Release date: 
08.02.2011
Quality: 
320 kbps
Tracklist: 

1. O Brother #1
2. O Brother #2
3. O Brother #3
4. O Brother #4

Music label: 
Joyful Noise Records
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