Staff Picks

The Glow Pt. 2

The Glow Pt. 2
September 30, 2011

...The album explores and explodes styles and moods over the course of 20 songs that lead into one another breathlessly, as if even an hour simply isn't enough time for Phil Elvrum and company to pack in all of their ideas. The album revels in its kaleidoscopic sounds, spanning pastoral folky ballads, playful symphonic pop, and gusts of white noise. The distorted drums, murky organs, and crisp acoustic guitars that punctuate the album have an oversaturated, almost tangible quality that, while dense, never overwhelms Elvrum's fragile voice or poetic lyrics. Expansive yet accessible, indulgent yet unpretentious, The Glow Pt. 2 redefines the Microphone' fascinatingly contradictory music.