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Channing Cope
Sugar In Our Blood
54° 40' or Fight!

Subtly persuasive, Channing Cope is a study in ambiance and form, as the music envelopes you, comforting you and drawing you into the resonance of its instruments. Slow and low, the rhythms lead you through simple pieces that don't need to rely on intricate facades to have meaning; they just pull you forward in anticipation of the light crescendos and beautiful changes that are under-emphasized purposefully for exquisite breathes of life in a sparse backdrop.

Part Alkali Flats, part The Pupils, Channing Cope takes a slightly upbeat drum line that maintains the constancy through the songs, and adds minor guitar and bass parts to a breathy vocal. While at first glance there is nothing particularly special about their approach, they succeed in making a masterpiece of an album by creating that correct feel of being, of expression, that just melts the listeners psyche and meshes it into the whole. Space is also used on the record like another instrument, creating that necessary void that expands its surroundings and emphasizes everything before and after it.

This is a supremely divine album that should be savored rather than devoured. Every song is worthy in its own right, but compiled brings an impending sense of nirvana for the listener who just puts this in and lets go. Nothing contrite or boring, this band just nails the ambiance in one sheer stroke that follows through all six tracks.


Track Listing:

1. Blackbody Curves
2. Support The Mountain
3. Parallax
4. Next Year
5. From Sky To Core
6. For A Better Monday

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