Destroyer Of The Void - Blitzen Trapper
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  • Summary: Portland-based Blitzen Trapper brings a haunting, ethereal touch to folk rock with their new album, blending twangy rock riffs with bittersweet piano-laced melodies to create beautiful stylistic textures.
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  1. Void is an album by a band that’s mature enough to know what it wants and to focus its sound, but there’s a restlessness to these tracks that indicates it won’t be long before Blitzen Trapper strikes out for new territory.
  2. This is Blitzen Trapper’s fifth album, and there’s a sturdy professionalism evident on each of the songs. But it’s such a faithful recreation of a particular style that its appeal will in all likelihood be correspondingly limited.
  3. We get their most pastoral outing to date, piano ballads one minutes, laid-back Neil Young the next. [July 2010, p. 129]
  4. The result is another opus-de-Americana washed in experimental folk-rock—a zealous, if unfocused, tale of back-road pain and otherworldly redemption.
  5. Trading low-fi ruggedness for gorgeous Americana pop, they conjure Dylan circa John Wesley Harding and proggy ELO but with bong-stoked epiphanies all their own.
  6. Blitzen Trapper again channels a variety of sounds from the '60s through the '80s to meld its own genre on its latest release.
  7. Harpischord, bombast and multi-tracked vocals create an eerily outdated sound, setting Destroyer of the Void's stall as an overblown oddity.

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  1. Aug 27, 2010
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    A self-assured collection of twelve songs spanning more than a half a dozen genres (folk, progressive, alt-country, psychedelic, pop...) yetA self-assured collection of twelve songs spanning more than a half a dozen genres (folk, progressive, alt-country, psychedelic, pop...) yet functioning as a cohesive whole, pastoral and strange simultaneously. Expand