Mercury Rev strangely attractive

If you like your music dreamily romantic, melodic, poetic and intriguing lyrics (with a compelling and high pitched male vocal thrown in the mix), Mercury Rev is the band for you. Snowflake midnight is their latest album, and in a cool nod to the download era you can visit the Mercury Rev website, join their mailing list, and get the companion album Strange Attractor for free.

The library has a good selection of previous Mercury Rev CDs. I’d recommend Deserter’s Songs (NME’s album of the year for 1998). It’s tuneful, soaring and has a bit of a bluesy feel. All is Dream is marvellous too, a bit more spacey and psychedelic – the track “Nite and Fog” would make a good Halloween song:

Vampires want darkness
Monsters want souls
Spiders want corners
But you want it all

One thought on “Mercury Rev strangely attractive

  1. Tom 30 October 2008 / 2:30 pm

    It’s also worth checking out their earlier period. Their debut Yerself Is Steam is turbulent and chaotic but brilliant, reflecting the mad genius of David Baker who was booted from the band in ’94. Their work since then has been more focused with Jonathon Donaghue taking leadership and vocal duties since returning from the Flaming Lips.

    Who can resist a band with a guitarist named ‘Grasshopper’, who have put out an album under the name Harmony Rockets entitled ‘Paralyzed Mind of the Archangel Void’ consisting of a live recording of a 40 minute improvised ambient noise piece played by the band and ‘manipulated’ through a self-made machine dubbed the ‘Tettix Wave Accumulater’? No one, that’s who.

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