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Grand Archives: The Grand Archives

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Grand Archives

Album: The Grand Archives
Label: Sub Pop

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When the brooding, anthemic Band Of Horses formed, it was out of the ashes of the Seattle cult indie folk-rock group Carissa's Wierd; now, Carissa's frontman Mat Brooke has departed Band Of Horses for something a little closer to the first band, though a lot more buoyant. (Which, admittedly, isn't all that hard.) That's partly due to Grand Archives' vocal harmony work—all four members sing (most obviously on the '70s rock-meets-sea-shanty track, "The Crime Window," more subtly on the wispy backing vocals on the 90-second album-closer, "Orange Juice"), and much of the band's material has a lightness of touch that works as a welcome contrast to Band Of Horses' more searching aspects. Brooke still favors slow-ish tempos, and a chorus like "Index Moon"'s builds in a grandiose manner, but he sounds like he's relaxed and happy, and so does his band.