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Liner NotesCelestial Ceiling does not disappoint with their sophomore effort, "The Discovery of Life on Mars." Where 2009's "Daughters of Atlas" was bright and sweet, 2010's "Discovery" is deep and moody.
The title is lifted from a scientific research paper of the same name. Used by permission, the record draws inspiration from the work of Andrew D. Basiago who claims to have actually visited Mars on several top secret experimental voyages during his childhood. Basiago, who went on to amass quite an extensive amount of photographic evidence of life on Mars, actually contributed the track names to the album.
The record begins with some of Celestial Ceiling's most accessible moments, in fact several of the opening tracks, "Colombia Basin" in particular has gone on to receive extensive radio play in the Miami airwaves. The first third or so of the record is by far Celestial Ceiling at their most melodic and --dare I say-- commercial, yet as the album progresses we are taken deeper and deeper into a universe far more abstract and borderline experimental than any CC recordings to date.
"Image PIA 10214" is striking and stands out as a landmark in sonic execution, we brace ourselves for a unique ride, from here on out all rules are left at the door. The record flows and develops more like a strange foreign film, but never leaves the listener alienated, we are always along for the ride.
The final track, "Paradigm Shift" as Basiago so named it, is unlike anything I as a music critic have ever heard in my life. I have almost no idea how the sounds were crafted and I am challenged as a listener - not because it is a difficult listen but because it is so deeply introspective and pensive, so personal and yet universal, without drawing from any melodic or rhythmic conventions.
You may not walk away from the record whistling a tune - but you do not walk away the same at all.
Geoff Spencer, Earphoria Magazine
CreditsGuitars, harp, piano, keys, bells, electronics, bass, percussion, drums, tablas, pads, strings, saxophone, didgeridoo, programming, effects, field recordings