Review : Volcano - Paperwork
DrownedinsoundIn 2006, Chicago trio volcano! checked in with Beautiful Seizure, a freethinking, creative masterpiece, recognised by DiS as deserving a very rare and very perfect ten. A breath of fresh air without question but for a new band with an utterly unique approach, the difficult second album might prove to be more difficult than usual. So to Paperwork; did they stick or did they twist?
Although the songwriting and track structures have benefited from experience, the core sound of volcano! remains unchanged. Their building blocks are still made of strong and sometimes randomly hit drums, atmospheric tinkling bells, rhythmic vocal patterns that sweep and dash in an almost operatic recitative manner and the occasional burst of Spanish lyrics. In its own right, Paperwork is a thrilling journey of exuberant swoops and peaks balanced against puzzling but rewarding thrills. This is an album that benefits from mulitple listens, just as those of volcano!'s sonic compatriots Battles and Foals. There are hooks and tunes aplenty but finding them takes a little time and attention, which in the scheme of things, can only be a good thing....full text
DustedmagazineI want to examine, briefly at least, the pedigree of volcano! singer Aaron With’s vocals. While volcano!’s latest album Paperwork is worthy of a number of topics, examining the path a certain musical form through history may tell us more than any two-bit one-sheet or florid prose piece might. As it stands, the musical form I mean is the style of With’s vocals, which are rather strong. While indie rock often attracts those who are not “classically” good, but can mostly hold notes and construct melodies, With seems at the very least well-practiced, if not trained in some way, as he commands a wide, wide range....full text
MusicomhSurely never before has a band's name been so apt. On this album Volcano! spew out white-hot chunks of sonic magma. Like a natural disaster it's somewhat awe inspiring to behold; but you wouldn't want to get too close.
Paperwork is a work of deliberately discordant sounds and improvised mayhem. Its scarily individual sound is part alt-Punk-funk, part jazz ethic and part stream of consciousness. In short, it's altogether a strange and freakish aural experience....full text
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