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New York City's avant-rock band follows up their Tzadik release with this intense, intricate and cinematic set of instrumentals.

Time of Orchids
Namesake Caution

Time of Orchids: Namesake Caution (Cuneiform)
Label: Cuneiform    
Released in: USA    

"Time of Orchids is an indefinable avant-rock band that formed in 1999 in New York City. After 3 self-released albums and a release on Tzadik that brought them to a much wider audience, Namesake Caution is their fifth release and their first on Cuneiform. They don't sound like anyone else, but you can definitely hear elements of film scores, Thinking Plague, new wave/no wave, The Beach Boys, Shudder to Think, Yes and The Magic Band, among many others. These disparate influences should give you an idea of just how different this band is from basically anyone else I can think of! They have a unique and jarring slant on music - a wedding of staggered angularity and a sweeping, seductive beauty. This is the band's most dramatic work yet – an album that sparkles with a deceptive pop linearity and ventures maniacally outward from that base. Nicely recorded by Colin Marston (Behold....The Arctopus), this album boasts layer upon layer of rich, orchestrated vocals, strange guitar figures and otherworldly keyboard textures, all draped atop a rhythm section who are rock solid and complex. Weird...stunning...and weird once again, this unlike anything else except Time of Orchids."-Cuneiform

"Formed in the summer of 1999, New York City's Time of Orchids possesses a unique and jarring slant - a wedding of staggered, progressive angularity, dark musical imagery and a sweeping, seductive beauty, informed as much by 1960s Italian film scores as by modern rock, with rich, Beach Boys-like, dream-pop vocal harmonies! [...] the band has shared the stage with the likes of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Yoshida Tatsuya, Zs, Behold... The Arctopus, Dysrhythmia, Cheer-Accident, Orthrelm, Kayo Dot, Blind Idiot God, Arab on Radar, Negativland, Hotels, Friendly Bears, O'Death, The Flying Luttenbachers and others, putting on some truly spellbinding live shows.

Meticulously recorded by Colin Marston (Behold... The Arctopus), Namesake Caution, Time of Orchid's fifth album, boasts layer upon layer of rich, orchestrated vocals, lavish guitar antics and eerie, otherworldly keyboard textures, draped voyeuristically atop a complex rhythm section. Songs writhe and intersect, taking on the form of anthems one moment and desperate plodding dirges the next."-Cuneiform

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Product Information:

UPC: 045775025728

Label: Cuneiform
Catalog ID: Rune 257
Squidco Product Code: 8784

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray

Chuck Stern-keyboards, vocals, guitar

Eric Fitzgerald-guitar, vocals

Jesse Krakow-bass, synthesizer, guitar

Bodie-drums, percussion, foam machine

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Track Listing:

1. In Color Captivating 1:04

2. Windswept Spectacle 4:39

3. Darling Abandon 4:35

4. Parade of Seasons 4:35

5. The Only Thing 4:25

6. Gem 4:45

7. Crib Tine to Callow 7:13

8. Meant (Hush-Hush) 5:52

9. We Speak in Shards 10:02

10. Entertainment Woes 5:34