Mercury Rev Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
Well into their third decade as a band making the sweetest chamber pop, Jonathan Donahue and Mercury Rev are still pushing at the boundaries of Indie Rock. Yerself Is Steam was their weird and wonderful 1991 debut album. 1995's See You On The Other S...read more »
Well into their third decade as a band making the sweetest chamber pop, Jonathan Donahue and Mercury Rev are still pushing at the boundaries of Indie Rock. Yerself Is Steam was their weird and wonderful 1991 debut album. 1995's See You On The Other Side was a wonderful concoction which mixed improbable sounds with wayward, angular melodies and technicolour-psychedelic sensibilities to make a fun and raucous cacophony.
It took Mercury Rev the best part of a decade, however, to truly break into the mainstream consciousness; they did so with Deserter's Songs in 1998. The record was a huge hit and would open up whole new arenas (and music festivals) for the band. Big, beautiful songs evoked panoramic-wide vistas (‘Goddess On A Hiway’), odes to small mammals (‘Holes’) and Baroque Classical music (‘Opus 40’). Always shot through with a lovelorn melancholy, these were nevertheless songs which reached joyfully anthemic peaks: ‘Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp’ being a prime example and the ultimate pinnacle on the album.
All Is Dream followed three years later -- a tenderly surreal adventure in symphonic Fantasia-pop which defined the jumping-off point for the rest of the course the band have since charted. In 2015, Mercury Rev gave us The Light In You: a record brimming with star-gazing optimism, sparkle and wonder. The natural conclusion of all this wonderment, though? It’s really anyone’s guess.
Similar to Mercury Rev:
Yo La Tengo, The Flaming Lips, Spiritualized, Low, Galaxie 500, Stereolab, Guided By Voices, Ride, Grandaddy, Teenage Fanclub, Sparklehorse, Tindersticks
Musical theatre influenced future popsters Mercury Rev take a track from their most recent and possibly most absurd record 'The Light In You'. Overleaf is something potentially interesting, Lost Horizons contain Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins/Bella Union boss) alongside someone from Dif Juz. Sharon Van Etten guests. Don't Cease your Dif Juz ...view item
Oooh look, a new Mercury Rev album looms on the horizon! The Light In You is the first we've heard from the group since Snowflake Midnight a full seven (!) years ago. 2015-era Rev material is sweeping and symphonic again, Jonathan Donahue's nigh-on Disney vocals swooping above ...view item
If you're a fan of bands such as The Flaming Lips etc... then you need to pick up this album. It's along the same lines as The Soft Bulletin yet very much different at the same time. Every song on here is a classic and the album flows together brilliantly. It's hard to resist such lush songs as "Tonite It S...view item
Mercury Rev's Deserter's Songs is truly one of the great works of the 90s alternative era, that is if you want to throw it into that category. Along with the Flaming Lip's Soft Bulletin, this album represented a refreshing new direction for "modern" music to strive for - beautiful and challenging. It truly is a remarkable album filled with breat...view item
I must say that I did not find Secret Migration a mistake/strange detour for Mercury Rev. That album was a bit unexpected for me after All is Dream, but it has since turned out to be one of my all-time favourites. Snowflake Midnight is the logical progression. It's challenging, at least after the first few listens, but it mellows and warms over ...view item
Mercury Rev release probably the best song from the new LP and
you'll need all 3 formats to get all the tracks you'll probably be displeased
to hear. Nite & Fog is a beautiful tune indeed which reminds me slightly of The Flaming
Lips. In fact I always think of Mercury Rev as a substandard
Flying Saucer Attack, J Bailiff, Mercury Rev, Various
Next up on Fire Records is an epic 2CD 36 track project from Various Artists on Fire Records. Chamber Music - James Joyce (1907). 1-36 is a collection of interpretations of the poets 1907 works on the theme of love.What I've heard so far is very serious and classic sounding with parts that are very sublime. There's a ton of folks on here all with t...view item
Mercury Rev next. I still adore Deserter's Songs, have done for nigh on a decade but can't really bring mesen to give 2 shits about anything they've done since. I'm the same with all these "cosmic" American bands really. I want fucked noise and shouting right now, not Fujiya & Miyagi remixes. Although I must admit after The Lovely Egg...view item
Mercury Rev introduced themselves in 1991 with possibly the wildest and weirdest record of their whole career. Yerself Is Steam is a beautiful indie-pop record, but also a blasted-sounding suite of noisy experimentalism: everything is piled in on top of everything else, with impressively glorious results. A very welcome...view item
Who didn't like 'Deserter's Songs' by Mercury Rev? Not even me. (oh
Fat Barry apparently). I have to say I loved it. But since then - christ its
been a lot of old tat and this new single is not really an exception.
Typical mystical lyrics from Jonathan Donahue (who kind of reminds me of
Mystic Meg a bit). The tune wanders ro...view item
This is music that should be taken on its own merits and not compared with previous Mercury Rev albums. If one can get past the differences between this effort and earlier efforts by Mercury Rev, the high quality of this musical experience will transport the listener to a place of optimism, magic and light. For me, this album evokes more emotion...view item
The last biggish LP of the week is the Mercury Rev which I didn't
like at first. Have forced myself to play it lots and I've heard it at
least 10 times now. I think I like it now but am still not sure. But me
being the freak I am didn't quite get the last LP (or the Spiritualized
LP for that?). ...view item
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