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The Plural Of The Choir

by Settlefish

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This release marks the beginning of an innovative stage for Settlefish: one that finds the band flexing its musical muscle, composing songs that shift from sweeping, haunting mini-epics to terse, pulsating blasts of cacophony, wrenching and wringing the unmistakably American genre of indie rock into an inventive sound bursting with an unconventional European perspective. Settlefish revels in the forays of sound that boil below the surface of ordinary experience...and it's this sort of exploration that propels their sophomore release into unexpected, exhilarating directions. A sprawling, poignant body of work, tightly wound with imagination and joined with turbulent bouts of instrumental discord, The Plural Of The Choir is the band's greatest accomplishment - not only through music, but also words, mood, art and environment. Produced by Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine, Tortoise, The Sea And Cake). Artwork by Tae Won Yu (Built To Spill, Beck, Versus, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion). (DER-441)

"Italian quintet Settlefish offer up their second album, The Plural Of The Choir, a multi-movement indie-jazz / post-hardcore odyssey with heartbreakingly poetic lyrics. Rocking Like Modest Mouse and At The Drive-In, it's one of the best thing to ever come out on Deep Elm, so check it out." - Alternative Press

"Settlefish create a sense of panicked urgency from the moment the listener hits play. Deep Elm comes up trumps once again, unsurprising indeed, but still never ceasing to impress. Settlefish's music is raw, it's real, there's no facade and no boredom, just utter brilliance." - Rock Sound

"Truly coming into their own, Settlefish strike a chord of truth and loss that resonates for every one of these thirty-eight minutes. The Plural Of The Choir is the sound of a band who have finally gained a foothold in the aural landscape they're attempting to conquer and who have found their own voice and are using it to shout as loud as they can. Jonathan Clancy's vocals are as rough as the songs, bringing a wounded honesty that evokes early The Anniversary. The songs possess a feel similar to Braid and American Football, though the unique structures and occasional moody instrumental breaks create a feeling that's solely their own." - Exclaim

"The Plural Of The Choir is a superbly cohesive and original work of art, combing over the fields of several genres for the best traces of style to create something that delicately walks the tightrope between accessible and experimental. The band's lush, atmospheric sound seems to throw together the post-prefixed versions of their take on hardcore, punk and rock, and in doing so, comes off dreamy and yet somehow dancey and singable. The production is raw, and it couldn't fit the style better, giving the record an improvisationally-executed feel. Settlefish is likely to leave a permanent inkling upon the indie rock scene, as The Plural Of The Choir is a great effort that lurks in experimental waters without drowning finless." - Punknews

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released March 29, 2005

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Track Name: Kissing Is Chaos
when mouths hit the borders. a thin leap of red sin. lips split decisions. made a long time ago. make beliefs be used on our arms. take what feels right on this side of the ocean. when mouths hit the borders. a thin leap of red sin. lips split decisions. made a long time ago. make beliefs be used on our arms. take what feels right on this side of the ocean. my objectivity reaches air type consistance. grains of sense disappear into nothing. convinced by a summer. by a fall. by a day. by a night. an evening i was on the grace of your tonight. it takes a million afternoons. to learn to deal with. make beliefs be used on. take what feels right on this side of the ocean. i defy. i defy. i defy those skills. as the rose declined who got left. behind those sudden tracks disabled. sudden words inhaled. our love died young. as the rose declined who got left. behind those sudden tracks disabled. sudden words inhaled. our love died young
Track Name: Oh Well
oh hold on i just hit a man. no that is me that is falling. did you think that once we were spared. from this evil witch encounter. the sooner the sooner. you killed her you killed her. the singular thesis. the plural of the choir. the time we learn to struggle. the singular thesis. the plural of the choir. the time we learn to struggle to struggle to struggle. oh hold on i just hit a man. no that is me that is falling. did you think that once we were spared. from this evil witch encounter. the sooner the sooner. you killed her you killed her. oh hold on i just hit a man. no that is me that is falling. did you think that once we were spared. from this evil witch encounter. one hundred more deaths now. one hundred more deaths now
Track Name: The Barnacle Beach
well i was 8 and the barnacle beach looked like the right adventure. for me for me. i shuffled the log not knowing i would roll further. i'd rather fall then watch the goldest shiver down on my spine. i was prepared. but the ocean. by the ocean. that's the afternoon i spent at beddis. i was 8. i was 9. i was 10 on the south coast of the west wing west wing. and we laughed and we laughed and we laughed and we cared. in the morning time. hopscotch around the yard. hopscotch around the yard. hopscotch around the yard. hopscotch around the yard. the barnacle beach looked like the right adventure for me this time. i shuffled the log not knowing i would fall further this time. the west the coldest. shiver must be my spine. so i was saved by the ocean. that's the afternoon i spent at beddis. we can can. yeah can can. we were so young and beautiful. yeah i truly believe we were. we were so young and beautiful. yeah i. i truly. i truly. i truly believe we were. so we were. literally. literally. literally. literally. hopscotch around the yard. hopscotch around the yard. hopscotch around the yard. yeah hopscotch around the yard. and it all just felt like pleasing fiction
Track Name: Getting The Clicks Out Of Our Hearts
Instrumental
Track Name: It Was Bliss!
is there really any other move to be suggested. darling darling darling. salvation. did you mention to kindred spirits. that walked beyond you. the other. the other day. our house is a landmark. our house is a landmark. our house is a landmark. our house is a landmark. and you say and i say we all say. pleasure today. forget to convey all that passion. cause oh oh oh hide the smiles for the evening. cause we do do keep the smiles for later. that's really how it should be. that's really how it should be. taste for all and taste for all and taste for all and taste for all. how did we manage to stay together for such a long time. it was bliss. it was bliss. it was bliss. it was bliss. it was bliss. it was bliss. it was bliss. it was bliss. it was bliss. it was bliss
Track Name: The Marriage Funeral Man
did you notice me at the funeral. i wore those noisy shoes. had that red shirt just to be laughed at and deciphered. maybe that's why the priest glanced and said. hey son. you're the next in line. i'll marry you tonight and then you'll just be fine. (i answered). hell no. actually i said hell that's not right. words you spell are obstacles for like minded divine. i put slippers on to slip a bit more quietly. cause hey those clouds are coming up and i thought this was all about your death and not me. all the schemes are lighting up our souls tonight. uh uh uh uh. all the schemes are lighting up our souls tonight. uh uh uh uh. all the schemes are lighting up our souls tonight! uh uh uh uh. all the schemes are lighting up our souls tonight. uh uh uh uh. did you ever ever ever ever ever ever ever see a man that came to a funeral. decided to get married and then left. all his things had this one special. vision that he thought he could complete. (returned to his family). oh what a big. what a big. what a big defeat. (did he ever ever ever ever envision all this would happen i really really hope he had a plan b to fall back on. i know i would)
Track Name: To The North
sophisticated sons be good don't turn to evil. i'm sorry to insist. don't worry don't worry. you can win. you can win. you can win. for the better part of life. hunted by the assasins. ready to starve. blankets all ages. all season. all dawns. all nights. were bear on the cheeks or better. on the finger-tips. as the ants got back in line. we rearranged our things our things. to the north to the north to the north to the north. (as the ants got back in line). ditch your sons let the glory ring out. ditch your sons let the glory ring out. we are headed there alone. we are headed there alone
Track Name: Sparrow You Will Fly
look at the sparrow. he is often flying low. looking for companionship. in the world below. [the water now is over. our hands cannot be washed. raise your arms up high.to the beauty in the sea]. on a hill. look up in time. and sing for real. sing for real
Track Name: Blinded By Noise
and as our backs dripped dirt. we prepare for tragedy. your hand in. your hand in l.a. (loose ambitions). it reeks so insecure [drizzle assorted blood. assorted mind]. these paper. these paper. these paper stains are for real. we're blissed by bliss. blinded by noise. we're blissed by bliss. (already already). blinded by noise. (already already). 21. 20-2. 26. arose. gasp. this haze. decide to be cinematically televised. we're looked upon as a scheme to discover. paul shuffled needs that took time to resolve. we couldn't ask. we couldn't ask. my tentative line says friction oh friction. we're looked upon as a scheme to discover. paul shuffled needs that took time to resolve. sounds fine sounds fine sounds fine sounds fine. your way your way your way your way. we're looked upon as a scheme to discover. we face the jury absolving all lovers. on time on time on time on time. a new life a new life a new life
Track Name: The Second Week Of Summer
did you not measure a syncopated wire. this morning between us. i was sure it was almost there. oh hey. this maybe is our summer. or maybe it's our nature. we run as fast as we can. we're trying not to loose our heads. we run as fast as we can. we keep on holding the same same breath. this worthless time i waste. keep selling out my headache. well because i only measured. sparse sounds like breathing and blush[es]. we left that town on the second week of summer. we missed out on every little detail. we tasted we tasted we tasted. a few laughs cannot put us together. we left that town on the second week of summer. so thoughtful. we tasted. so thoughtful. so thoughtful. we tasted on on on. do you know what i did. do you know where i've been since. the regions i touched. after that second week of summer
Track Name: Two Cities, Two Growths
dualize cities as double gestures. enter mannequin. talk real slow. manifest potential. on the day it happens. we shall overcome. two growths taste sweet when they're one. two growths taste sweet when they're one. two growths taste sweet when they're one. i [what what what what what air]. [tear on such honesty level do i memoir memoir can't it be]. we cannot decide entirely. or at least today. as single crisis units move. i guess it seems solved. consequential is the touching. the vanishing decandence. the irregular transformation. into lonely self-efficiency. as frightened smiles meet terror struck veins. the liberty black flies open into safer ground. the influential expressions. the compromising technique. we can't. we can't we can't we can't let go. we can. we can
Track Name: Rooms
Instrumental
Track Name: Ice In The Origin
it was ice in the origin. not to far from that one deepest sin. give a chance to endulge within. yeah but our hands they wash everything. i'll start walking alone today. through the nest where i used to play. along lines that kind of spell betray. did you pray. did you pray. did you pray. oh rest assured. few months don't mean much. unless you figure out i've been touched. cause we traded stories the other day (o-kay). and then it seemed like we shouldn't stay (oh no). cause we traded stories the other day (o-kay). it was blisters but yeah they all seem to fade. oh rest assured. few months don't mean much. few months don't mean much. by the sadness that's contaged this land. or the warmth i get when i play when i play in this band. cause we traded stories the other day (o-kay). and then it seemed like we shouldn't stay (oh no). cause we traded stories the other day (o-kay). it was blisters but yeah they all seem to fade. cause we traded stories the other day (o-kay). and then it seemed like we shouldn't stay (oh no). cause we traded stories the other day (o-kay). it was blisters but yeah they all seem to fade
Track Name: Girl Understanding Song
i want a girl that only i can understand
Track Name: We Please The Night, Drama
on that right intro-life level out. we please the night. as long as it is long as us right. we please the night. the second that second our feet set out. the dark the dark the dark is coming. as the face gets washed down by the dawn. a newer look. looks less fatherly. that's what i call to please. the seagulls have left the shore on their own. will they remember that gift next year. or will they just not never come back. dancing was gone by spring. i guess i should have thought more or though less. the sign of art decaying. dancing was classic by may. yeah i'm sure it was that own month. oh fortune cried today. those stars are two deaths. and those deaths are two stars. we can laugh at the government. as long as it is long as tonight. no worries no menace. just scripts. shady overview over looking. everyone is still standing. the drama drama drama. oh god