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Hypatia Lake – Experimental Indie Rockers Celebrate CD Release at the Paradox

Posted by February 25th, 2006 No Comments »

Hypatia Lake
…And We Shall Call Him Joseph
By Matthew Shaw

Hypatia Lake’s …And We Shall Call Him Joseph is the soundtrack to our lives. It’s an album full of rich, epic soundscape that build to insanity and falls to soft sparsity. Each song slowly reaches a peak of utter chaos and it is this journey to the top that is so interesting.

On track two, “Joseph And The Intervention Of The Recreational Center,” the song builds into a totally distorted freak out, and although my stereo almost exploded it was blowing my mind. The speech-like and sporadic lyrics on “Farmers Can Be Jedi, Too” cut through the band’s wall of sound with urgency and importance showcasing the band’s experimental grace.

I only wish this album was a little more pop friendly and had a more coherent sound, but I crave symmetry and I’m a sucker for a good hook. If this album had stronger and more melodic vocals it would be a masterpiece of experimental indie rock.

Hypatia Lake
…And We Shall Call Him Joseph
By Matthew Shaw

Hypatia Lake’s …And We Shall Call Him Joseph is the soundtrack to our lives. It’s an album full of rich, epic soundscape that build to insanity and falls to soft sparsity. Each song slowly reaches a peak of utter chaos and it is this journey to the top that is so interesting.

On track two, “Joseph And The Intervention Of The Recreational Center,” the song builds into a totally distorted freak out, and although my stereo almost exploded it was blowing my mind. The speech-like and sporadic lyrics on “Farmers Can Be Jedi, Too” cut through the band’s wall of sound with urgency and importance showcasing the band’s experimental grace.

I only wish this album was a little more pop friendly and had a more coherent sound, but I crave symmetry and I’m a sucker for a good hook. If this album had stronger and more melodic vocals it would be a masterpiece of experimental indie rock.

The fact is this is not a rock record but, a carefully crafted score without visual distractions and without out the gloss of pop predictability. Each track on the record is labeled as a scene and in turn each song has a unique sonic environment. There are no anthem choruses or singles on …And We Shall Call Him Joseph , which is the most refreshing and unique thing about the record. It is beautiful. (7.5/10)


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