INVIOLET ROW releases their groundbreaking 2nd album Nevertheless, an anticipated follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2002 debut Consolation Prizes.
A typical tracking session: Johnson might place microphones in a clothes dryer. Scrivner might suspend his 1950’s no-name tube amplifier, bought from a passing ruffian for $3.00 above the dryer at just the right angle until the whole contraption sings with a voice that fits the song. A squeaky kick drum pedal might be miked for it’s own rhythmic contributions. Instruments might range from a back-masked 19th century psaltery, to a reverberating sliding glass door, to a plastic lighter brushing against an air conditioning vent.
But this is not to say that the band’s sound is as flimsy as their whimsical engineering approaches would suggest. The album is surprisingly massive and expansive; the mix, rock solid. The album sounds not so much like a band tinkering, but like a band about to steal some deserved spotlight.
INVIOLET ROW // NEVERTHELESS
1. Bellyful of Butterfly Knives
2. Vanishing Cream
3. The Televangelist
4. Pretty Apocalypse
5. Rest Stop
6. How I Feel
7. The Castaway
11. Window Rains of Pane