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Classic Album Review: Shipping News | Very Soon, and in Pleasant Company

Members of Rodan, June of 44 and Rachel’s deliver moody post-rock experiments.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Yes, the band take their name from E. Annie Proulx’s novel. No, this moody, experimental Louisville, Ky., trio aren’t some sort of literary tribute outfit.

Yes, they do sound like other bands from Louisville, and with good reason — their lineup includes current and/or former members of Rodan, June of 44 and Rachel’s. No, you might not have heard of those bands. But if you have, then yes, the seven languid and spacious cuts on this 45-minute disc sound about like you’d expect: sometimes complex and math-rocky, sometimes noisy and post-rocky, sometimes haunted and slocore-y, but always elegant, entrancing and exceptionally crafted. No, you don’t have to be a charter member of the Slint fan club to love it. And yes, you will love it.