Lend Me Your Underbelly | Giant Tadpoles Among Us (2xlp, Vinyl Gatefold Edition)

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Giant Tadpoles Among Us (2xlp, Vinyl Gatefold Edition)

by Lend Me Your Underbelly

The music of Lend me your underbelly cannot easily be put under the specifics of a certain genre, but is characterised by a sentiment of melancholy and urgency, which tries to unroot daily reality, to place it in a more real perspective.
Genre: Rock: Post-Rock/Experimental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. In Other Ages We Were Bruce Lee
8:10 album only
2. Tiendoornig Stekelbaarsje
7:07 album only
3. Ze Weet Dat Zelf Ook
3:20 album only
4. Uncomfortable Giggling
5:57 album only
5. A Season for Strangers
3:30 album only
6. Silent
5:45 album only
7. Offshore
8:17 album only
8. Jan
3:42 album only
9. Background Noise Is Our Leader
15:00 album only


Album Notes
From ATTN:Magazine (http://www.attnmagazine.co.uk):

The elements force the melodies here into crooked growth. Each track on Giant Tadpoles Among Us carries a sort of phototropic slant; set on a giddy diagonal by the field recording confetti (cascades of sucked in words crafted from reversed conversation, wooden scrapes and impact tacked together into an organic typewriter mechanism) that swirls around and blots out large chunks of stereo space, leaving the guitars and voices to rise and swerve toward the sun along jaunty (but unavoidable) routes. The arrangements are pliable, comprised of a compositional bamboo that arches and diverges without snapping the pieces into dissociative ambient fragments, and even with the other rhythms and tonal activity that crumples against the bowed and bent totem core, I see each of this nine tracks as songs; boxed up constructions of beat and melody into which I read a loose, yet undoubtedly coherent, desire to communicate.

There’s something autumnal about it – the commencement of transient disconnection and loose debris tumbling down from the trees. The linear is dislodged ever so slightly, and there is a commotion in the album’s offsetting of place and chronology – sounds of the playground are blown forcefully into isolated patches of woodland and left to babble and loop, while house keys sway and jangle into guitars caught in a quivering, hyperventilated strum, forming mutually operative rhythms that slide gently out of parallel. I feel threatened by the way in which synchronicity peels apart – distrusting of the floor that cracks and shifts beneath me, clinging on helpless to the song that tries to assert itself: the one gravitated singularity in amongst the sound that jostles and wavers like tethered balloons.

Translated from Sentireascoltare (www.sentireascoltare.com):

"...Time is dilated, the reverberations of the guitars in the loop have a hypnotic effect, melancholic atmospheres/noise (In Other Ages We Were Bruce Lee, Offshore) that directly links to a musicality of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, while the more melodic (Ze Zelf Weet Dat Ook, Offshore) wink at the piano passages from Ólafur Arnalds and plush carpets in Portishead style... ...Spectral interference from the background matrix, Floydian post-rock (Silent) and reverb shoegaze Slowdive (Jan) certify everything..."

Giant Tadpoles Among us is the debut album of Lend me your underbelly. Lend me your underbelly is the solo project of Christian Berends, who is based in the Netherlands. The music of Lend me your underbelly cannot easily be put under the specifics of a certain genre, but is characterised by a sentiment of melancholy and urgency, which tries to unroot daily reality, to place it in a more real perspective: the perceived reality and emotions of the listener itself. Lend me your underbelly is a vehicle from which the listener can borrow, use, or abuse the music for its own private thoughts. For this, a variety of instruments are used: guitars, field recordings, vocals, electronic drums, keyboards, harmoniums, bass guitars, mandolins, or whatever is needed. Loud expressive, or approaching silence.

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