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Album: New Universe *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Venice Beach
2)    Boardwalk Theme
3)    Moon Dreams
4)    Strange Cool Girl
5)    Slow Fade
6)    Restless Heart
7)    Satellite Song
8)    San Francisco 2AM
9)    You Hold a Power Over Me
10)    No Tomorrow
 

Album: New Universe *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Venice Beach
2)    Boardwalk Theme
3)    Moon Dreams
4)    Strange Cool Girl
5)    Slow Fade
6)    Restless Heart
7)    Satellite Song
8)    San Francisco 2AM
9)    You Hold a Power Over Me
10)    No Tomorrow
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Andrew Dorsett (guitar, electric guitar, Fender Rhodes piano, glockenspiel, electric bass, drums, percussion); Adam Forest Oelsner (electric bass); Evan Hashi (drums).
  • Recording information: Dub Narcotic Studio, Olympia.
  • If Mudhoney could name an album Superfuzz Bigmuff, Desolation Wilderness should feel entitled to title one of their discs Echoplex; guitarists Nicholas Zwart and Andrew Dorsett have a healthy enthusiasm for the space and texture of a good analog delay, and while their second album, New Universe, doesn't drown their guitars in the stuff, the cool, organic feel of vintage echo and reverb go a long way toward defining their musical approach. The songs on New Universe are a little bit dream pop and a little bit shoegaze, with a dash of indie rock on the side; if you're looking for melodies you'll whistle after the album is over, this is not the place to find them, but the musicians generate an atmosphere full-bodied enough to wade through, like a stream on a summer evening. Desolation Wilderness are not what one would call a chops-intensive outfit, but the arrangements on New Universe are admirably intelligent, with the guitars subtly bouncing different parts of the music against one another while the bass and drums patiently urge the tunes onward. When the pieces slide together on songs like "Strange Cool Girl," "Moon Dreams," "San Francisco 2 AM" and "You Hold a Power Over Me," the effect is striking and quietly beautiful. The relatively peppy numbers, such as "Slow Fade" and "Venice Beach," suggest this band could develop a hookier persona if they were of a mind, and even when this music is at its most languid, it has enough purpose to keep it from becoming aural wallpaper; there's a fine line between ambient and subtly compelling, and Desolation Wilderness fall on the latter side of that divide on New Universe. ~ Mark Deming
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.88) - "Echo and reverb subdue layers of Zwart's unhinged guitars and keyboards as he recounts road trips down U.S. 101."

Pitchfork (Website) - "[T]he slowly cascading guitar-led melodies can be imbued with the kind of easygoing beauty that brings to mind slow Super 8 footage of cars rolling by, parks full of trees, sky full of sun, that sort of thing."
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