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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Tales From the Two Hill Heart/Sibylline Machine

Posted on Thu, Aug 10, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Tales From the Two Hill Heart/Sibylline Machine
Label: C-Side
Length: LP
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Tales From the Two Hill Heart/Sibylline Machine
It takes an audacious band (and label) to approach the business model of releasing a double album. With love for psych-pop new and old, the Channel took bigger creative risks than those relegated to the financial realm on Tales From the Two Hill Heart/Sibylline Machine. The introspective, Western-tinged Tales are those of member Colby Pennington, who pulls liberally from '60s acts and the folky silliness of early Of Montreal. In lush vocal tracks and acoustic guitar, Pennington's 'Up on the Hillâ?� owes much to the Bee Gees' Odessa, while 'Olden Daysâ?� could sub for the Byrds' 'Mr. Spaceman,â?� sharing its raucous country licks and novelty lyrics. The Channel's Jamie Reaves matches Pennington's tastes on the album's second half, mixing choppy structures and more organ psychedelia ('Sibylline Machineâ?�) with abstract lyrics and heavenly vocal harmonies. Releases like these are often threatened by oversaturation or scarce studio trickery; the Channel's twofer is no such animal.

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