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When The Red King Comes

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Step Through The Portal
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Into The Everlasting Time
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The Frightened Singers
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The Secret Ocean
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The Arrow Flies Close
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Icy Hands Will Never Melt Away
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When The Red King Comes
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The Seperating Fault
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Spectators
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Introducing Cosmic Space
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The Bengal Parade
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Needles In The Camels Eyes
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The Silver Lake
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Its Been A Million Years
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 39:39

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An E6 Must Have

Collins

One of the best releases from the collective. Plenty of great songs and hazy psychedelia.

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One only.

eyeH8ewe

"Needles in the Camels Eyes....." The rest, magically, has the same droning quality as poorly played bagpipes -- and yet, no bagpipes here!!

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Essential recording

Pattycake

I remember seeing Elf Power open for Neutral Milk Hotel when this album came out. Their performance blew me away and so does this album. Listen to the Brian Eno covere of Needle in the Camel's Eye. It gives you a good idea of what the rest of the album sounds like.

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Who Are…Light Heat

By Matthew Fritch, Contributor

Quentin Stoltzfus shot through the ranks of a late '90s Philadelphia psych-rock scene — a tightly-knit faction of retro-futurists that included the Lilys, Bardo Pond, Lenola, Photon Band, Azusa Plane and Asteroid #4 — on the back of a near-perfect dream-pop debut album. Watch It Happen, released under the name Mazarin, revealed Stoltzfus's talent for princely, soft-focus pop that was well aligned with peers such as Grandaddy and the Elephant 6 collective. Two more Mazarin… more »

They Say All Music Guide

As the Elephant 6 catalog continues to expand, it becomes increasingly obvious that many of the label’s bands are concerned not merely with creating fresh and exciting music but rather entire mythologies, crafting obscure concept records exploring the intricacies of strange pocket universes. Existing in the musical gray area between Olivia Tremor Control and Neutral Milk Hotel — both of whose members make cameos here — Elf Power’s superb When the Red King Comes is a heady journey to a psychedelic utopia, a travelogue with such destinations as “The Secret Ocean,” “The Separating Fault,” and “The Silver Lake.” As imagined primarily by singer/songwriter Andrew Rieger, the album is a odyssey “Into the Everlasting Time,” and true to its word, it seems to exist outside of any obvious era — the fuzzy, lo-fi production is an Elephant 6 hallmark, but the unique instrumentation (electric horns, pump organs, even Nepalese percussion) and cryptic, stream-of-consciousness wordplay suggest something altogether different; perhaps most telling is When the Red King Comes’ cover, a crazed map suggesting something out of a J.R.R. Tolkien fever dream. – Jason Ankeny

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