RACCOO-OO-OON - Behold Secret Kingdom
"Behold Secret Kingdom is the first proper fullength release from Iowa Citys Raccoo-oo-oon after several limited cd-r/tape/vinyl releases (including cd reissues on Time Lag and Release The Bats). The band spent the last year working with Behold Secret Kingdom, tremendous amounts of love and hard work has been put into this recording which now will be unleashed by Release The Bats! 8 new songs that takes the bands psychedelic and dynamic free-form punk from previous releases to new heights, this is definitely their most focused and perfected recording so far. Darker, denser and almost brutal at times, Behold Secret Kingdom is also the heaviest recording they have done. It only takes a few seconds into Black Branches and the mood is set for the rest of the album immediately. The stunning closer Tail At Prospect Peak could easiest be described as campfire-doom with its slow riffing, heavy use of percussion and chanted vocals (everything suddenly bursting out in a chaotic crescendo?). The trademark tribal-like drums is still present, as is the vocal drones and the furious saxophone swirls. Behold Secret Kingdom is a epic masterpiece, there is really no other way to describe it. Chaotic and all over the place, yet so beautiful. Puts earlier comparisons to bands like Excepter and Animal Collective to a shame! Recorded by Mike Dixon in Bloomington, IN. Full colour digipack with the bands now well-known amazing artwork."
- Regular price $7.00