Beyond the 4th Door

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  • Summary: This is the latest album for the Portland, Oregon-based band led by Nick Bindeman and Dewey Mahood.
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  • Record Label: Thrill Jockey
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Experimental Rock, Space Rock, American Underground, Acid Rock
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 26, 2011
    The era of setting aside an hour or so to sit and listen to an album is anathema to some in the age of mp3s and YouTube distribution models, but that's exactly what you need to do for Beyond The 4th Door. It's for that reason that this one goes down as a (very slightly) qualified success.
  2. Mojo
    May 2, 2011
    A further refinement of their liquid improv vibe, the Thrill Jockey debut finds the quintet sitting on a mountain looking at the sun, high on Popol Vuh and who knows what else. [Apr 2011, p.97]
  3. Apr 26, 2011
    Almost without trying, the track becomes a perfect psychedelic blister--headstrong and hot, five dudes marching headlong in one righteous moment. Long live major-label debuts, then: This is the sound of Eternal Tapestry finally turning its instincts into conquests.
  4. The Wire
    Apr 28, 2011
    The group demonstrates admirable judgement, gesturing at entropy while craftily dodging its embrace. [Mar 2011, p.58]
  5. Apr 26, 2011
    This album should be heard as such in a single sitting, where its labyrinthine beauty can be fully experienced and integrated. This is "acid rock" at its best.
  6. Apr 26, 2011
    Bands like Eternal Tapestry ask listeners to slow down, to be less antsy and goal-oriented, and to simply let time and musical texture wash over them. That's fine, but wouldn't you rather have an instrumental psych track grab you by the balls? Let's have more galactic, more derelict, more excitement next time.