The Secret Migration [Bonus CD]

The Secret Migration [Bonus CD]

by Mercury Rev
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Once upon a time, these upstate New Yorkers seemed hell-bent on launching themselves into the outer realms of the solar system with their wide-open space-rock jams and interstellar lyrics. As The Secret Migration proves, they're far more comfortable on terra firma these days -- so much so that they've made this concept album something of an homage to Mother Nature. The band's sound is still remarkably lush, still undeniably "psychedelic," but -- on songs like the pastoral, piano-laced "Secret for a Song" -- there's a newfound warmth, a sense of hominess that could only come from a long stretch nestled in the middle of nowhere. That adds to the burnished beauty of "Across Yer Ocean," which follows a parabolic arc that recalls nothing so much as a rainbow rising over a mist-shrouded hillside. Nature motifs pop up again and again here, but they're not uniformly bucolic, as evidenced by the sinister guitar lines that Grasshopper plunges into the heart of "Black Forest (Lorelei)." As ever, the band pay very close attention to detail, particularly in the disc's sequencing, gradually ramping up tempos and volume, peaking on the Spector-esque "In a Funny Way" and again on the tympani-powered "Arise." Rev mainman Jonathan Donohue has never been shy about stretching for things that seem to be out of his reach, but that willingness to risk a psychic spill -- and the ability to transform those emotional skinned knees into beautiful music -- is what makes the band so special.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/2005
Label: V2 North America
UPC: 0638812725424
catalogNumber: 27254

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mercury Rev   Primary Artist
Paul Dillon   Musician
Larry Packer   Musician
Adam Peters   Musician
Scott Petito   Musician
Adam Widoff   Musician
Jason Russo   Musician
Adam Snyder   Musician
Justin Russo   Musician
Rich Robinson   Musician
Mary Gavazzi Fridmann   Musician
Jason Miranda   Musician

Technical Credits

Mercury Rev   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Miti Adhikari   Producer
Jonathan Donahue   Composer,Contributor
Dave Fridmann   Producer
Elliot Ingber   Composer
Nick Fountain   Engineer
Jeff Mercel   Composer,Contributor
James Shaw   Engineer
Eric Maluenda Gonzalez   Engineer
Sean "Grasshopper" Mackowiak   Contributor
Traditional   Composer
Ariana Morgenstern   Producer
Max Avery Lichtenstein   Producer,Engineer
Carlos Anthony Molina   Contributor
Amonda Wachob   Cover Art

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