Climber: The Mystic
By Anna Miller
Climber: The Mystic (2010)
Sparkle Records / XO Publicity
Musical relatives: 'Tame Radiohead, Bjork tame, tame Flaming Lips, Coldplay, tame Muse, Keane'
Tags: alternative rock, Climber, experimental, indietronica
When I finish my run, I stop up at my bike to stretch out. First, the thigh muscles of each leg, count to 20, no 26, so long tendons on the back of his legs and looked down on the grass to stretch the cramped glutes. I Climber in the ears, the album has reached "The Risk of the Middle Way", and I look out over the lawn. There is dew - or perhaps almost dew - on the grass, poppy stands and nods slightly and autumn sun hits my upper lip, so it just quivers a little and it is hard to describe what is happening, but it's nice and nice, and I want to be this place soon.
What a long analogy, yes, but in the same way I have it with Climber. I do not know quite what it is, here, for it is a little all at once. And it works surprisingly so good that I want to hear more all the time
The Mystic is the third album from the Portland-based quartet. It is in many ways a perfect record. Mon presented to and ripped into a fairy tale universe that is implemented with a little story about childish monsters a la Spike Jonze "Where the Wild Things Are" and the here-changing music that seems to be changing as soon as you truly believe you know what it is. Lead singer Michael Nelson has created the colorful art modalities such following is printed: 'From below the earth, By Way of roots and branches, strange and beautiful music travels til opening of a great mountain där it bursts forth in a Dazzling display of colorful leaves and cheerful sounds. "
It is in many ways much perfect to release an album with so thorough a concept where music spans so many aspects. Take for example "The Risk of the Middle Way". The number starts with piano ballad and almost cliche embossed drawl and drums, and Nelson singing sensation full of reverb. However, it is not long before the drums change pace, violins and guitars are screaming about race, and the listener are in the midst of a '80s rock number. Just until it stops again, the piano strikes a few keys ways, and a minimalist and uptempo drum machine take over while the vocals alternate between falsetto and almost-speech. Number ends in ballad record, and it's really quite amazing that it succeeds Climber to get as far around within a single issue's boundaries without taking the listener on the ground feel dizzy.
Other tracks stick out in fewer directions. "Flying Cars are driven by a dark guitar repetition that is at the forefront of the soundstage, while a tambourine and bass drum maintains the rhythm continuously pulse. The overall picture is bleaker than in many of the other tracks and is aptly followed by "Dreamy Interlude", where an organ rich and simple tones in interaction with a bright chorus creates a quilt to keep discomfort away.
Climber touches on many genres and doing it successfully. Only downside is that it's hard not to think of already existing bands, and on the back of my cover was also pasted a sticker with the following instruction: 'Recommended Tracks: 6, 2, 4, 12, 11 RIYL [recommended if you like, ed.]: Tame Radiohead, Bjork tame, tame Flaming Lips, Coldplay, tame Muse, Keane. "Plus, moreover, a pair of purple plastic gems with adhesive back. That in itself is indeed a worthy story, but let it now be about it.