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MP3 Pale Young Gentlemen - Black Forest (Tra La La)

Trading the bouncy piano and old dancehall beats found on their self-titled debut for finger-plucked guitar and quivering strings, PYG crafts a unique and uncompromising musical vision on their sophomore album-- a stirring, sprawling 43 minutes.

12 MP3 Songs in this album (43:20) !
Related styles: POP: Pop/Rock, CLASSICAL: Orchestral

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In October 2008, Pale Young Gentlemen will release the follow-up to their critically acclaimed, self-titled debut. Musically and emotionally expansive, "Black Forest (tra la la)" is distinct from their previous release. Trading the bouncy piano and old dancehall beats for finger-plucked guitar and quivering strings, Pale Young Gentlemen craft a unique and uncompromising musical vision--a stirring sprawling 43 minutes.

"Black Forest" twists and flows and weaves like scenery on an uncertain path. The tracks tie together by shared musical and narrative threads, with each building upon the next for an astounding, cinematic effect. "Black Forest" is rich and diverse, ranging from the frantic guitar-and-drum-driven ''Coal/Ivory'', to the languid lyrical meanderings of ''Kettle Drum (I Left a Note)''. Touches of glockenspiel, flute, french horn, and harp vary and fortify PYG’s core of acoustic guitar, bass, drums, cello, viola, and violin.

As with their debut, "Black Forest" was recorded at Smart Studios in the band’s hometown of Madison, Wisconsin and produced by Beau Sorenson (Death Cab For Cutie, Sparklehorse). Recorded and mixed in less than two weeks, "Black Forest" is Pale Young Gentlemen’s first release with Madison-based label Science of Sound.

"Black Forest (tra la la)" announces the maturation of a band. It is ambitious, but it is honest. Here, in these twelve songs, the unique vision of Pale Young Gentlemen finds a clarity not found among their contemporaries

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