Trouble Books Gathered Tones
CD available on Own Records / Green vinyl
available through Bark and Hiss / MIE Music
Listen to "Past the New Parking Deck" MP3
With this three-piece, the devil is in the detail. As on
the band's 2008 release The United Colour of Trouble
Books, the tracks on Gathered Tones are an
intricate mash-up of percolating bleeps, found sounds, and
treatments. The naive vocals forego the reliance on
choruses. And for that matter, tracks often forego a
continuing reliance on vocals, with instrumentation taking
over and ushering songs away until they completely unfold
("Arms Full of Lemons", "Dusk Accelerator").
Gathered Tones is a tight collection of tracks
which together create a warm spaciousness, conjuring up
washed-out images of locations and stories ("Houseplants",
"Abandoned Monorail Station"). The track "Past the New
Parking Deck" is the album's single, a track which sums up
the band's sound on this release. Well into the song, the
vocalist intones "meet me behind the loading dock for a
quick kiss and a sandwich". A simple tenderness which
resonates throughout the album.
Trouble Books are not afraid to experiment, and
Gathered Tones is all the better for it.
"Past the New Parking Deck"
"From Colfax Place"
"Arms Full of Lemons"
"Abandoned Monorail Station"
"Tropical Islands, Germany"
"Dazzle Ships (Parts IV & V)"