The Secret Migration
by Dave Fridmann, the former Mercury Rev bassist turned
hotshot producer (Flaming Lips, Mogwai, Sparklehorse, Delgados,
etc.), The Secret Migration is an auditory journey through
a fairy-tale land of psychedelic imagery. For uninitiated
listeners, vocalist Jonathan Donahue’s squeaky voice
can take a little getting used to: at times similar to the
Lips’ Wayne Coyne’s, but without the same command.
Still, it’s distinctive, and, coupled with the whimsical,
dreamy melodies often tinged with piano reverb, the album
is reminiscent of British prog rock a generation ago.
Secret Migration conveys a sense of intimacy through the
sentimental tone of Donahue’s voice and the natural,
fable-like imagery of the lyrics. The production is very
polished and Fridmann’s done a masterful job of capturing
the lush musical soundscapes for which the band is noted.
Although there’s very little edge to the album’s
proceedings, The Secret Migration is a sweeping aural experience
that’s accessible to many ears.
Track: Track 5, “Vermillion”
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