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The Quiet Choir

by Settlefish

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The Quiet Choir contains six acoustic tracks (plus 3 Bonus Videos) meant to accompany Settlefish's full-length The Plural Of The Choir, which marked the beginning of an innovative stage for Settlefish: one that found 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 music into unexpected, exhilarating directions. (DER-467)

"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

"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. Oh Well immediately starts off with ridiculously dynamic chord movement; one guitar is beaten through power chords and another is used to fill the speakers with flowing, ambient riffing. Blinded By Noise is a summed-up conveyance of the band's more intense, aggressive moments, as it takes an At The Drive-In influence to refreshing heights, while its partner in crime, Two Cities, Two Growths, is the more mid-tempo, depth-rising example of the tense emotions the record is hiding underneath the surface. We Please The Night, Drama couldn't close the record any more appropriately; it's a six-minute track that flushes out every last bit of atmospheric tension it's been building up. 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

"A musical masterpiece! Haunting, melodic, catastrophic and intense, The Plural Of The Choir puts Settlefish at a new innovative level. From beautiful ballads to pounding attacks, this is a record of multiple conflicts, raging emotions and naked experiments. It's gentle and honest without being flimsy, and Settlefish have found the perfect balance in variation. Kissing Is Chaos begins the album in style with its dreamy opening sequence and eerie harmonics, building into a tremendous crescendo and fading out again as singer Jonathan Clancy comes in with his distant, all-the-time-in-the-world vocals. This doesn't last long though as Oh Well brings up the tempo with its deep rolling drums and nagging guitars. The whole album is in fact, perfection. Blinded By Noise, Rooms, and Girl Understanding Song are all highlights for me before the delicate piano in We Please The Night, Drama brings the album to a sad yet optimistic end. I cannot recommend The Plural Of The Choir highly enough!" - Screaming Tarts

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released August 25, 2007

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Track Name: I Could Light A Fire
Instrumental
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: 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: 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: 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: 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