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Grand Archives

Keep In Mind Frankenstein

12" LP

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Grand Archives' second full-length album like much of its predecessor (2008's Grand Archives), was crafted at Paradise Sound in Index, WA. It's a little darker than the first record and opens with the bittersweet elegy "Topsy's Revenge". Songs like "Dig That Crazy Grave," a buoyant ditty redolent of Southern California and summer afternoons, and the insistent, soaring "Silver Among the Gold" find their place here as well. It's an album made up of disparate elements artfully fit together and brought to life with affecting results: Keep in Mind Frankenstein.


Grand Archives' second album reprises the sound of their 2008 debut, from the emphasis on rich vocal harmonies to the leisurely strum of their instruments. Founding member Ron Lewis left the lineup several months before this album's release, choosing to blaze a slightly livelier path with the Shins instead. Even so, the band sounds remarkably unchanged throughout Keep in Mind Frankenstein, whose track list makes room for intimate numbers as well as faster, campfire-worthy tracks. As before, Grand Archives sound best whenever the members' voices are combined, and they stack their harmonies high on songs like "Silver Amongst the Gold" and "Oslo Novelist." "Lazy Bones" stands out as perhaps the most moving number, with ambient guitar noise and keyboard drones providing a gorgeous setting for the vocals, while "Siren Echo Valley (Part 2)" abandons vocals altogether, focusing instead on the band's ability to create an instrumental track worthy of spaghetti western cinema. There are small diversions from the formula, of course -- a Theremin shows up during several tracks, and Sera Cahoone duets with Mat Brooke on the sadly beautiful "Siren Echo Valley (Part 1)" -- but Frankenstein is essentially the companion CD to 2008's Grand Archives.

Additional Information

Artist Grand Archives
Track Listing Topsy's Revenge Witchy Park/Tomorrow Will (Take Care Of Itself) Silver Among The Gold Oslo Novelist Lazy Bones Siren Echo Valley (Part 1) Left For All The Strays Dig That Crazy Grave Siren Echo Valley (Part 2) Willoughby

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