Photos: Deer Leap + The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - Are Here To Help You split 12”
Okay, I’ve had just about the best past three days ever as far as music nerd stuff goes. Two days ago I posted #s 50-21 of my Top 50 Albums of 2011 list and my Neutral Milk Hotel vinyl box set came in the mail. Yesterday I finished my top albums list with #s 20-1 and saw WHY? live in Hartford with Serengeti (a review of that show will be up later today). Today, I just got back from Wallingford to find a copy of the new 12” split from Deer Leap and The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die in my mailbox. I don’t think I could possibly be more stoked right now.
This album placed at number 5 on my year end top albums list. I’m pleased to see that the packaging is beautiful, and I’m excited to hear how it sounds on vinyl. I’ve been waiting for this record for a long time, and I’m glad it’s finally here. Topshelf Records also threw in a free My Heart To Joy Seasons In Verse promo poster that they must have had lying around. Thanks Topshelf!
Explosions in the Sky - All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone (2007)
I bought this record because Anthony Fantano (aka my boss) has a tattoo of the album art covering his upper left arm. I know I’m late on this one, but this is my first time listening to it. So far I’m liking it a little more than The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place, which was the only Explosions in the Sky record I had heard in full before it. It’s currently raining lightly outside and this is making for a fitting soundtrack. I’m pleased with how subdued this record is at times. The harmonizing guitar melodies are also quite beautiful.