Morgantown band Nakano celebrated the release of their first album by performing to an energetic crowd May 5th at 123 Pleasant Street. Most of the record's seven instrumentals flow like the album: things float for a minute or so, pretty and drifting, until sounds coalesce together. An example of this congealing is the second song, "Matt, You Flatterer." Leftover tones from th...(展开全部) Morgantown band Nakano celebrated the release of their first album by performing to an energetic crowd May 5th at 123 Pleasant Street. Most of the record's seven instrumentals flow like the album: things float for a minute or so, pretty and drifting, until sounds coalesce together. An example of this congealing is the second song, "Matt, You Flatterer." Leftover tones from the first track open it, hovering above quiet chords. A percussive brush on a metal bowl signals the entrance of drums. Things start subdued, but the track gains moody momentum as it continues. The drums build to a roll as an ascending guitar melody heightens the tension to a fever pitch. Cymbal crashes convince listeners that the track has passed its peak, but then the melody returns. Drums frantically gallop until more cymbals signal the real end of the song. Another album highlight is closer "Modern Missionaries." Chords and drums enter as strings swell and shrink in the background. It sounds bright, though the song's second part hints at sadness. The strings ascend gently until the song's third part where violins and guitar play the same cyclical descending melody. It's wrong to label instrumental music melancholy because it's wrong to label instrumental music anything, yet there's definitely dramatic tension. A triumphant tone enters the track until the cyclical melody returns. As the drums, bass, and guitar slowly fall out of the song the strings remain. The album's close, lone strings repeating a beautiful melody, will bring to the minds of Sigur R—s fans the song "Andvari." It's a stunning conclusion that will leave listeners ready to hit play and start again from the CD's beginning. The songs combine mood and atmosphere with occasional doses of heaviness. Despite this the members of Nakano clearly have a sense of humor. "I Got Confused, I Killed a Horse" borrows its title from a Smiths lyric, and the phrase "Matt, You Flatterer" comes from an inside joke. While the members agree on some influences, like Explosions in the Sky and My Bloody Valentine, each of them listen to bands none of the others do. It's this approach of familiar ideas from new angles that makes their album so successful, and for a local recording it sounds extremely professional. While Nakano's members remain frustratingly modest about the album you can judge it for yourself, and support the local music community, by buying it. Running at only $8 from cdbaby.com, the album is a total steal.
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1. Diamonds Are the Oceans Sunset 5:13 2. Matt, You Flatterer 6:05 3. I Got Confused, I Killed a Horse 5:23 4. I'm Sorry, I'm Scared 4:44 5. End of the Revolution 5:00 6. Educate Yourself 4:55 7. Modern Missionaries 7:01