The Appleseed Cast
Mare Vitalis


4.0
excellent

Review

by ConsiderPhlebas USER (34 Reviews)
January 6th, 2011 | 40 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Expansive and delightfully warm indie-rock

The Appleseed Cast are one of those bands that never quite popped the way they should have. With a discography as consistent as theirs it’s a near tragedy that they’re not at least someone’s favourite band, but when you hear their music it makes some kind of sense. It’s too undemanding to ever be your favourite music, too relaxed and nonchalant. It’s beautiful, though – beautiful, comforting and welcoming without ever being too nice. If you’re anything like me you’ll find yourself remembering it after a couple of years away and when you go back it’ll be like seeing an old friend’s smile for the first time in forever. Then you’ll move on and forget, as is the way with these things, but while it lasts it’ll sink into you and stay there. If records have a perfect time to be heard, then Mare Vitalis would be the soundtrack to the early hours of a Sunday morning.

Their debut, The End of The Ring Wars, is perhaps the most immediate thing they ever put out, but it was with their sophomore record, Mare Vitalis, that they truly found their feet, producing an easy sprawl of an album; one awash with all the delicate guitar lines and delicious melodies you’ll need for the moment. Christopher Crisci’s voice, though far from note-perfect, swells upon the shore of imperfection that’s just right for the mood of the album, and the lyrics, though generally rather abstract, touch upon melancholy notes which draw you in and carry you along. There are energetic moments, like the bustle of ‘Fishing the Sky’ which skirts between the cheerful drive of Fang Island and the wistful meanderings of Explosions in the Sky, but overall the focus is one of bright-eyed melancholy, that’ll somehow make you feel better about everything.



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ConsiderPhlebas
January 6th 2011


6157 Comments


Finished a twenty hour writing spree and then did this so excuse the wistful nature. But yeah this rules and all that jazz.

liledman
January 6th 2011


3826 Comments


yeah its a bit short, but who cares. sounds pretty good, ill check it out.

Kiran
Emeritus
January 6th 2011


6002 Comments


great album though i think they took a huge step forward with the low level owl duo.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
January 6th 2011


10666 Comments


Little short man, but honestly it's so well written I don't care.

And here I thought you only wrote negative reviews haha.

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ConsiderPhlebas
January 6th 2011


6157 Comments


Thanks, man. Yeah I need to write something negative soon - getting twitchy.




I need to give LLO another shot, but I think I agree, Kirg. Just an old favourite here.

North0House
January 6th 2011


1764 Comments


I really enjoy this band.
I liked the review.

ConsiderPhlebas
January 6th 2011


6157 Comments


Cool. Yeah, band is goodness.

crazyblinddude
January 6th 2011


3389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Review is brief, but I like that it's straight to the point. Have a pos. But this band is really
consistent. Every one of their albums has some great stuff going for it.

This is my first album with these guys and it's still probably my second favorite of their discog.

Foxhound
January 6th 2011


4570 Comments


briefin good bro, poz

ConsiderPhlebas
January 6th 2011


6157 Comments


Thanks guys. Slow day today it seems.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 6th 2011


7321 Comments


Short, sweet, effective. Good stuff Phlebas.

Also, I notice that this is a positive review; I will now prepare for the inevitable zombie Armageddon, for this occurrence is so rare it can only be an omen.

ConsiderPhlebas
January 6th 2011


6157 Comments


haha I got a little misty-eyed due to sleep deprivation and too much lucozade. Starting to feel the hatred flow through me again.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 6th 2011


7321 Comments


You write very well dude; so whether it's positive or negative or average it really doesn't matter to me =) Just make sure to produce the goods - like this - every time!

witchxrapist
January 6th 2011


11057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

band is so dope

Maniac!
January 6th 2011


26257 Comments


Yay. Another phlebby review. Shorter = better

witchxrapist
January 6th 2011


11057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I remember like 3 years back I'd write reviews this short and everyone would be like SOUNDOFF and neg the shit out of it. lol

ConsiderPhlebas
January 6th 2011


6157 Comments


You laid the path for us that followed, wxr

Ponton
Emeritus
January 6th 2011


5820 Comments


love the review



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tom79
January 6th 2011


3384 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this album

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ConsiderPhlebas
January 6th 2011


6157 Comments


Thanks, Observer. Not sure I agree, HST - it was done on the spur of the moment but I felt an analytical look at an album like this would've been artificial somehow. Sometimes hearing the detail of a record without prior warning is a bonus.



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