Lose Your Favorite Things (w/ bonus "Live @ The Earl 2004" tracks)

by North Elementary

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    "Lose Your Favorite Things" on compact disk. (note: CD does not contain the bonus tracks but they are included in the free download)

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about

Its a cold, overcast day as October has decided to wind down to an end here in Boulder. I pull on my sweatshirt, snap the weekly album for review into my player and shoulder on out into the frigid air. As I walk on down the street, I am pleasantly greeted with a slow, gentle fade into the first track of North Elementarys Lose Your Favorite Things. Its perfect how well this particular album a great soundtrack for a walk on a still, cloudy day matches my current mood. This is a nice, solid effort from one of Chapel Hills very own rising young bands. North Elementary is a six-person manned collaborative effort built around the songwriting and sound experimentation of John Harrison.

The music itself is very brooding and slow, kind of reminiscent of a less-orchestrated Mercury Rev. Within these subtle soundscapes, great, building melodies and hooks keep the listener in tow with nicely constructed backing music for the sighed-out vocals. To slap a label on this album, Id probably have to go with dream-core, as the pace has a bit of a draw to it and is a tad on the sleep-inducing side (not in a bad way, rather soothing). Perhaps theres something in the gorgeous, yet minimal guitar and keyboard lines that creates this sense of ease. The vocals at times even don a Flaming Lips quality with layers of echo or chorus. It is very captivating and interesting; theres depth to ever song, and it seems as if there is always something happening, always an instrument droning or a sound fluttering just beneath the surface. As a whole the album is quite pretty and strikingly despondent.

Overall, this album is a great foot forward for this budding local talent, a great calling card to wave in Merges face. There are definitely some college radio-friendly tracks hiding here. North Elementary pulls from a lot of current influences, yet retains a nice personal, unique touch.

Left of the Dial - Chaz Martenstein
11/1/04

credits

released September 21, 2004

ORIGINALLY RELEASED ON SIT-N-SPIN RECORDS
sit-n-spin-records.com/home/

North Elementary are: John Harrison, John Jaquiss, Margaret White, Chip Smoak, Chris Bowman and Theresa Stone

Recorded and mixed at Factor IX and 808 Sound from Spring 2003 till Winter 2004.

Produced by Chip Smoak and John Harrison

Mastered in Nashville at ex nihlo by Tom King

All songs/words by John Harrison (rocktropolismusic. bmi) except "Nothing in a Way" by Chip Smoak and "The Split" by Chris Bowman

Cover photo by Margaret White
Cover design by Regina McCoy

www.northelementary.com

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