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Divisions

by A Pacific Model

Gorgeous down tempo electronic and atmospheric rock
Genre: Electronic: Down Tempo
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1. Divisions
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2. Gathering Data
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3. Alpha Centauri
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4. Perpendicular
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5. Anniversary
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6. Leaving
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7. Speakeasy
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8. Catapults
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9. Pushpin
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10. No One's Here
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11. The Turbulence
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12. Slow Silent
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13. Divisions (Reprise)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
A Pacific Model is a four piece experimental/ambient rock band from the great state of Texas. Created in 2003 by singer and songwriter, Daniel Hazelwood, the band has seen a few variations of faces on both drums and guitars. The line-up is complete now, with Daniel, Sam, Patrick and Adam. A Pacific Model has had a great year thus far, from solidifying their line-up to recording and releasing their debut album, Divisions. Currently the band is promoting Divisions through intimate and engaging live performances, which has awarded them a very loyal and ever-growing fanbase.

Members:

Daniel Hazelwood-Vocals, Keys, Guitars
Adam Skokan-Guinn - Guitars
Sam Lee - Bass, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Patrick Gathings - Drums, Percussion

Some Press:

by Paul Zimmerman
First Coast News

It seems somewhat appropriate that A Pacific Model hails from Texas. With their home state of Texas being so gargantuan it only makes sense that A Pacific Model's sound is pastoral and expansive.

Sounding something like Radiohead, Elbow, the Doves, Sting, and Tortoise glued together in a messy jumble, APM teeters the line between being heavenly, moody, beautiful, and chaotic. At their worst APM crosses over into Sting-ish territory. At their best they sound like the best Elbow tribute band on the planet, sent from another world to grace humanity with widescreen songs of moodiness.

Their debut album, Divisions is a magnificent effort for a band that only recently solidified their line-up. It's a very well thought out and played album that seeks to boldly go where no pastoral pop band has gone before. With song titles, like "Gathering Data" and "Alpha Centauri," its quite possible that APM are a group of alien life forms sent to this world to brainwash humanity through immense vaguely experimental pop songs.

Divisions is a slow moving trip through time and space that meanders around galaxies and haunts the soul. Its ethereal feel and whispered instrumentation drift in and out of auditory canals while boring itself deeper into ones soul. It's emotionally stirring and moody stuff to say the least.

Its not until the fourth song, "Perpendicular," that APM even approaches a song that has some degree of measurable beat. It's the closest tune on Divisions that approaches a normal pop song and it's actually really very good. So much so, should the aliens that possess APM's bodies get wind of this, they should consider this as a new brainwashing technique. An actual pace is not necessarily a bad thing in a pop song.

Divisions is spacey goodness. It's like a close encounter of the third kind you can take home to your parents. It's epic in scope and far in reach. It's touching, rousing, and beautiful and while it might spend most of its time looking to the stars there are moments of pop smarts scattered throughout it that lift this album up. As evidenced on Divisions A Pacific Model are quietly going about converting the world to their way of thinking. With their use of alien technology and techniques, they're destined to achieve this goal whether we want them to or not.


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Krystal Garcia


An absolutely amazing debut! Finally a break away from all of the "nu wave" monotony that seems to be plaguing the airwaves. Every track has so many different layers. APM do a great job of mixing electronics and guitars so that nothing seems out of place. Not something that many bands can do...... What probably stands out most are the vocals and harmonies. Very well done indeed!

Since most people prefer to hear comparisons, lets just say that if Slowdive was on Prozac, Divisions is what they would have created!

usul

Too Cool!
Immediately gets you in and keeps you wanting for more.

rez

Emotional and layered
This album sounds different to me depending on the mood I'm in, more so than many other artists. It has a sadness in it but also some up beat songs here and there, while overall it seems like something to just relax to, and calm the nerves. The mixture of mellow rock and electronics is excellently done, and the vocals fit perfectly. Great job!

rez

Whoops!
Forgot to put my five stars...

Pamela at CD Baby


A tasty combination of ambient electronic and nostalgic, atmospheric rock, Dallas, Texas' A Pacific Model eases through the upper tiers of the stratosphere to float on satellites and take pictures of the moon. Though the ambient textures are exquisite, the attention they've put into the songwriting on this record is what finalizes its resting place somewhere between Telefon Tel Aviv's "Fahrenheit Fair Enough" and Radiohead's "OK Computer." Perfectly spacious production blankets the whole album in a warm amber light, while crisp guitars drenched in reverb gingerly skip between airy expanses of picking notes and dense sheeting shrangs that dissolve into the ether. Keyboards and pianos make appearances and drums steadily tie down the rhythm section. The vocals are a perfect compliment to the music; they're emotional, but not to the point of being dramatic... they're pensive and perfectly plaintive. A gorgeous, well-crafted album of spacey rock and electronic music.

lotte

Infatuating cd that can bring you to an other dimension
Listening to divisions makes you feel like you're floating on air. It catches you right away with the intro and makes you fall in love through the rest of tracks. And I'm not talking about a fling right now.. I'm talking about the kind of love that is complicated and extremely intense, containing an incredible amount of passion that only keeps you longing for more.

Frank

One of the absolute best albums this year!!
Every few years an album is released that ultimately sets a new standard for bands to follow. "Divisions" could be that album. It is a beautiful and intelligent piece of art and I imagine it will still find it's way into my cd player many years from now. If you are still deciding whether or not to give this album a shot, I say go for it. You won't be dissapointed!!!

magee

model
i wont to see amodel of hear

Benji Breastington

One of the best albums of 2006!!!!
This is the hottest shit i've heard in a long time, well worth the wait! BUY THIS GODDAMN ALBUM!

Jeff Sullivan (Sully)

Terrific!
After growing up around Daniel and seeing his other bands cut tracks, I knew he would be successful, and make those around him successful. This band proves it, as you can tell Daniel is the core, but the other guys are amazing at what they do (guitars,percussion). I love the chemistry and the very soothing tone of the music. I bought the CD, and I hope more people do in the future. Good luck, Daniel.