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A Hawk And A Hacksaw

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Maremaillette
4:41  
02
A Hack And A Handsaw
3:35  
03
Romceasca
7:05  
04
A Hard Row To Hoe
2:24  
05
All Along The Tide
3:49  
06
Black Firs
1:59  
07
Cotton Woods
2:22  
08
At Dusk
0:43  
09
Quand Le Son Divent Aigu, Jeter La Girafe A La Mer
2:55  
10
To Pine In Time
3:17  
11
A Kernel
1:36  
12
A Hawk And A Hacksaw
6:58  
13
With Our Thoughts We Make The World
1:29  
Album Information

Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 42:53

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Six Degrees of Beirut’s The Rip Tide

By Peter Margasak, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

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Six Degrees of Beirut’s The Rip Tide

By Peter Margasak, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

They Say All Music Guide

As if in repulsion of the 21st century and its failed promises, more artists and listeners are turning to the first half of another century — the 20th — for musical inspiration. But while Americana has typically manifested itself in the form of alt-country pining per Wilco or direct librarianism (see the Soggy Bottom Boys), few have innovated to the same degree as Jeremy Barnes of Neutral Milk Hotel has on this release. Opening with “Maremailette,” the immediate connection is made to the repetitive looping of Steve Reich and Philip Glass. However, the song soon begins to swell with accordion and tin pan drums, which are a much more accurate signpost to what follows. The title track plays like a rampant silent film score, while “A Hard Row to Hoe” is down-right cartoonish, with it’s squeezebox hijinks. But things don’t remain so slap-happy as “Black Firs” slows the tempo and adds a healthy dose of modernly retro tape effects. And that’s where things remain for the latter half of the album, deteriorating into more complex and disjointed arrangements until “To Pine in Time,” which works off a lacing of hornet buzzes and raw analog melodies. Pleasantly, Barnes ends with “With Our Thoughts We Make the World,” a swaying number that returns to the cascading cymbals and accordion and even features something of a lead vocal part. Fascinatingly old-timey yet smartly modern, Barnes has produced a record unlike anything you’re likely to hear again, in any century. – Joshua Glazer

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