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Dissolver album cover
I Can See the Future
I Already Know You're Wrong
Airport '79
Baby, Let's Get High One Last Time
Digital Clock and Phone
Where I'm Going
Cape Canaveral / Buddy (reprise)
Can I Feel What?
Evil Summer
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 43:45

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Iran, Dissolver
2009 | Label: Narnack Records / The Orchard

Iran began in 2000 with a self-titled collection of song fragments and little melodic collages reminiscent of Lou Barlow's most scattered and opaque work. It was also very, very good — a nice throwback to the unfinished releases of the early '90s before everyone got pro. The work of pretty much one dude, Aaron Aites, Iran thrilled; the same could not be said of its 2003 successor, The Moon Boys, an okay collection that… read more »

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This is good


This isn't shoegaze or dreampop or even TV on the Radio. It has songs on it.

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#6, #6, #6


the clicks and noises are on track #6. thanks for the headsup. brings back memories of an old Lou Reed album/CD.

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Interesting ideas, but nothing really groundbreaking here. I don't know if it deserves all the buzz its been getting as of late, but I would highly recommend "Buddy" if nothing else... track 8 is basically 5 minutes of clicks, and electronic noises so I'd stay clear of that one...

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By Andrew Parks, Contributor

It only takes a look at the original cover art for Iran's Dissolver LP to understand how serious frontman Aaron Aites 'fascination with '70s concept albums is. While Dissolver's final version features chopped pieces of 35mm film (meant to resemble prison bars), Dissolver's eventual vinyl pressing just might feature the "WTF?" shot that hangs in Aites 'apartment: "an astronaut riding a horse in a panoramic, post-apocalyptic environment," as inspired by the finer works of Pink… more »


Pt. 2: Iran

By Andrew Parks, Contributor

Can you explain John Dwyer's (Pink & Brown, Coachwhips) guest appearance on "Digital Clock and Phone?" Is he what's making the track go haywire? No, he's actually pissing into a bowl in the studio. You know how you hear that weird noise when a cell phone interferes with a frequency? That sound is throughout the track. You can hear it rising up and down. Tell me a little bit about your black-metal documentary. It's a full-fledged, 35mm film… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Nearly six years passed between Aaron Aites’ second noise pop opus as Iran, The Moon Boys, and Dissolver, during which time guitarist Kyp Malone became a member of one of the most acclaimed bands of the 2000s, TV on the Radio. Maybe that’s why Dissolver strips away most of the confrontational side of Iran’s music in favor of the pop that was underneath the noise all along (it’s almost certainly why Malone’s TVOTR bandmate David Sitek produced this album). Iran fans who were more attached to the surface chaos of the band’s first two albums might be initially disappointed by how this album seems to lack that bite — only “Digital Clock and Phone”‘s electronics and guitar freakout hint at Iran’s noise-laden past. And at times, it does feel like Iran is adjusting to their new direction: “Airport ’79″ and “Baby Let’s Get High One Last Time Together” meander a little more than they should, though they reflect the more classic rock-inspired direction of Dissolver’s songwriting and arrangements. However, the album has more than its fair share of moments that rank with Iran’s previous heights, albeit with a more straightforward sound: “Buddy” is shambling and bittersweet, “I Already Know You’re Wrong” moves from jangly verses to soulful choruses with surprising ease, and “Can I Feel What?” is a lush, emotional epic. That these songs sound more than a little like TV on the Radio might please some and disappoint others, but the cranky, cryptic “Where I’m Going” and “Cape Canaveral/Buddy (Reprise),” which switches from acoustic rambling to an arena-rock reworking of “Buddy” complete with cheering fans, show that Iran’s strangeness is still intact. The album ends with its most irresistible song, “Evil Summer.” A mix of veiled threats and bounding guitars, it proves that Dissolver isn’t the sound of Iran turning its back on its past, it’s the sound of a band finding ways to be more complicated, and accessible, than ever. – Heather Phares

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