Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Pele's Scuttled Bender in a Watery Closet
Pele has been a force in the world of experimental indie rock for well over a decade. The group, which does not feature the famed football star, creates soundscapes, sketches, and textures with their pallet of instruments and ideas. The results are ambient atmospherics which at times can be brash and noisy or quiet and unobtrusive. For the most part the songs they create are beautiful imaginary passages in which your mind and ears can wander around in.
Their latest album A Scuttled Bender in a Watery Closetcollects 7 years and 13 releases from 9 different labels together into one massively long release. Taking over a year to piece together and including over two hours of rarities the record is sprawling and the very definition of epic. With spacial environments, acoustic noodlings, ambience galore, and songs that seem to drift in space, A Scuttled Bender in a Watery Closet sounds like the aural equivalent of a dream. It's beautiful stuff that meanders by ever so quietly only occasionally getting worked up by a remix or two.
From the banjo riffs of, "Apiary," to the glitchy drums of, "Cigarette Papers (Remix for Toe)," A Scuttled Bender in a Watery Closet is packed to the gills with so many fantastic riffs and soundscapes that repeated listens are required and encouraged. If you've ever found yourself into post rock, experimental rock, or ambient music you will find this latest Pele collection essential and an absolute joy to listen to. Definitely, one for all you musicians out there.