Plants and Animals with special guest, Little Scream
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Secret City/EMI recording artists from Montreal perform songs from their upcoming album, due out Feb 28, 2012.
Plants and Animals are Warren C. Spicer, Matthew 'the Woodman' Woodley, and Nicolas Basque, the product of a musical three-way between two boyhood friends from Canada's East Coast, and a French-Canadian. It's not easy to label the kind of music Plants and Animals make, but it's easy for it to feel instantly familiar. Maybe that's because they record to tape, and their records sound like they could have been made in 1972. But for all their analog warmth, it's also impossible to deny how raw and recent the songs sound, and harder still to find anything else that sounds quite the same.
Anyone who took Plants and Animals debut, Parc Avenue, into their home and hearts probably already knows this. Since the album was released in early 2008 the band has played over 150 shows, circling the Western world more than once, including appearances at the Pitchfork Music Festival, Barcelona's Primavera Festival, Central Park Summer Stage with The National, and even one night in Columbus opening for Gnarls Barkley, after Danger Mouse discovered Parc Avenue and invited them out. But regardless of where it happened, anyone who has seen the three of them perform live knows that their big sound isn't just some kind of studio wizardry.
Their newest offering, La La Land, is louder, and tougher than Parc Avenue, but also smoother and more cohesive. The album was recorded at the band's home-base studio in Montreal, The Treatment Room, and at Studio La Frette outside Parisa brokedown old mansion filled with vintage gear and a killer board in the cellar.
From California coast vibes to Montreal winters and Spanish trains, La La Land is just as eclectic as Parc Avenue, but there's something more mature holding the music together now. Inspired by a rediscovery of electric guitars, amplification and fuzz pedals, it takes us up and away from Parc Avenue's Montreal-in-the-summer vibe, and out into the big league rock n' roll ether. It's like all the experimentation and attention to detail in the studio over the years has bred a kind of confidence in them that you can hear all the way through La La Land. As they might say in the movies, La La Land isn't a placeit's a state of mind. Plants and Animals have never been a band with much interest in posturing or unnecessary theatrics, but on La La Land the curtain isn't just pulled back, it's gone entirely.