June of 44   Tropics and Meridians
Release Date: 1996

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3.5 greatjoplinpicasso | August 1st 11

A step away from the Slint influence and more along the lines of jamming and post-punk, Tropics And Meridians is the sound of being trapped in an old wooden ship at sea, about to sink. The songs are a bit more thematic than June Of 44's debut, but one wonders if perhaps they couldn't have included one more track on this six-song set; but no matter... The music is more progressive, with no discernible traditional song structures, yet the songs themselves are a bit disjointed from one another; the high-end, soft guitar lines do sound more confidently written and played than those on Engine Takes To The Water, and the math-rock parts start sounding more like noisy funk (see the fantastic bridge of "Anisette", "June Leaf", and the metaphorical boat finally going down to the depths in "Sanctioned In A Birdcage"). Most telling, however, is "Arms Over Arteries" - the fragile guitar dissonance, rolling drums, and low-hum singing is expanded on in later albums.


4.0 excellentArtax36 | April 23rd 15
4.0 excellentExitOnly | March 30th 15
4.0 excellentDickens44 | November 4th 14
3.0 gooddanielito19 | October 12th 14
4.0 excellentwalrusgod | November 16th 13
3.5 greatThomas | July 20th 13
4.0 excellentWS9167 | June 6th 13
4.5 superbVagner | January 25th 13
3.5 greatKaramazov | January 12th 13
4.0 excellentkrkat | June 17th 11
3.0 goodJohnSGB | February 10th 11
3.5 greatAndrew Kaster | December 20th 10
4.5 superbMrChuck | December 6th 10
3.5 greatgotikplage | August 20th 10
3.5 greatquaoar | June 1st 10
3.0 goodniobium | April 3rd 08
4.5 superbLordGreekFolder | March 27th 08
3.5 greatBig Baby Jesus | February 2nd 08
4.0 excellentfractured | January 3rd 08
3.0 goodsamariah | December 23rd 07
3.5 greatfauxtrot | October 6th 07

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