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David Bazan - Care (March 7, 2017) Album

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by Contender, Feb 7, 2017.

  1. Contender Feb 7, 2017
    (Last edited: Feb 7, 2017)

    Goodness is Nowhere Supporter


    1. Care
    2. Up All Night
    3. Disappearing Ink
    4. Sparkling Water
    5. Permanent Record
    6. Make Music
    7. Lazerbeams
    8. Inner Lives
    9. Keep Trying
    10. The Ballad of Pedro y Blanco

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  2. bedwettingcosmo

    i like bands who can't sing good Supporter

    WOWWW. another one? NICE
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  3. bedwettingcosmo

    i like bands who can't sing good Supporter

    01. Care
    02. Up All Night
    03. Disappearing Ink
    04. Sparkling Water
    05. Permanent Record
    06. Make Music
    07. Lazerbeams
    08. Inner Lives
    09. Keep Trying
    10. The Ballad of Pedro y Blanco

    3 songs from his previous monthly series from what i can tell. still way stoked for this.

    Undertow — Care

  4. Kennedy Prestigious

    I'm here for it
  5. travisred

    Trusted Supporter

    The song sounds good. I liked it for Blanco, but I'm glad he made the vocals a lot more clear for this.
  6. EngineDown

    formerly known as chill yoshi

    didn't like blanco but here for it
  7. Loved Blanco, definitely here for this
  8. 0rb

    is this a dream? ✫・゜

    I was not expecting this but fuck yesssssssssss. Song is so good. Bazan is g0d.
  9. EmmanuelSCastle


    I like the song, cool, thanks Bazan
  10. loudasallgetout

    Trusted Supporter

  11. EarthShifts


    Had no idea this was coming. So excited!
  12. Leftandleaving

    I will be okay. everything Supporter

    This is awesome
  13. coleslawed

    Eat Pizza

    excited to see what Ballad of Pedro y Blanco is about.
  14. EmmanuelSCastle


    I thought that too when I saw it
  15. bedwettingcosmo

    i like bands who can't sing good Supporter

    damn that didn't even register with me until now haha. wowwww
  16. EmmanuelSCastle


    I suppose it could mean nothing but that seems like a very deliberate association, so I wonder how far that goes
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  17. zmtr


    Where's a good place to start with him? First heard about his stuff through The Tallest Mans on Earths cover of Lost My Shape. Which is an incredible song.
  18. travisred

    Trusted Supporter

    The version Dave does with the Passenger String Quartet is absolutely amazing.
  19. EmmanuelSCastle


    I mean, I think most people got into Bazan via Pedro the Lion, so I'd rec that. Not a huge discography, it's hard to find a friend is a good sound if you like stuff stripped down, Control if you want more rock in your indie rock, and winners never quit if you want a happy medium. If you wanna start w his stuff under his name I feel like they're all good points to jump in
  20. I would actually start with Curse Your Branches and then move forward if you want to hear more of his newer, synth-driven sound or backwards if you want to hear sparser, guitar-driven arrangements and what made him so important to the emo and indie rock scenes.
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  21. This just made its way into my inbox, very excited to give it a listen tonight. Let me know if y'all have any questions or want first impressions or anything like that. I'm doing my best to set up an interview for the site, too
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  22. EmmanuelSCastle


    you should post what you think of each song as you listen @Aaron Mook
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  24. EmmanuelSCastle


    hell yeah looking forward to it
  25. Aaron Mook Feb 16, 2017
    (Last edited: Feb 16, 2017)
    Alright, I'll probably just update this post as I go. I'm not sure how much I'm supposed to give away, so I'll just give my general reaction and the vibe of each track.

    1. Care - I'm assuming this album will cement his primary use of synths, and for good reason. He's getting better at using them efficiently. This feels like the "day" to Blanco's "night." Similar in production, but more upbeat.

    2. Up All Night - More of an "electropop" feel than the rest of his material in the same vein. Definite Postal Service vibe.

    3. Disappearing Ink - This song is darker and calls back to his faith-oriented past material. Maybe this won't be such a bright album after all.

    4. Sparkling Water - I'm not sure that this album will have the same impact as Blanco purely based on the shock of an all synth-based album being gone, but the quality is right up there with his best work. More of the same here and that's not a bad thing. Excellent production.

    5. Permanent Record - This went from upbeat to brooding real quick. Starting to change my perspective on these albums; this is a "late night album" while Blanco is more of a "rainy day" listen. It's criminal how under the radar his recent releases (and this) may be considering his impact and how much his songwriting skills have grown over the years.

    6. Make Music - Very fast-paced and dodgy. It's a testament to the quality of these songs how he can use the same synth tones for two albums straight without it getting old.

    7. Lazerbeams - Holy 80's. Loving the energy and variety of this track. His voice is so unique and smooth in the way it fits all of these songs. Definitely a standout.

    8. Inner Lives - There's more variety in the second half of this album and I'm loving that. I also love the use of keys here without the pressure of having to create something as dark as Blanco or something strictly cohesive to the first half of this album. Points for a Curse Your Branches reference. Another stand-out.

    9. Keep Trying - The synth here is almost 8-bit. Very different and very fitting for perhaps the most optimistic song on the album. "Sometimes love isn't all it's cracked up to be/Keep trying." I'm grinning so hard right now.

    10. The Ballad of Pedro y Blanco - This is the one most people are probably wondering about and I wonder if I should spoil anything/if there's even anything worth spoiling. It's all in the lyrics. Great closing track.

    Sorry, I never really do things like this so I'm not sure if that information will do anything for anyone, but there it is. I'm not prepared to say this is better than Blanco after one listen, but I'd rekon it's a close second. They're two very different listens despite being sonically very similar. I'd argue this album is livelier and brighter as a whole. If the tone of Blanco reflected its artwork, the tone of this album reflects its title. Where Blanco was dark, painful and full of questions, Care bases itself in a place of healing and hope. It's also very, very good.
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