posted this on 03/27/2011
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Venice is Sinking - Ryans Song SXSW 2011 Showcasing Artist
Posted by TwitC
Venice is Sinking is an orchestral rock sextet out of Athens, Georgia, known for its vertical arrangements and cinematic focus. The band recently released its third album, Sand & Lines, to great acclaim. Sand & Lines, upon with Pitchfork and Paste bestowed a 7.2 and an 8.1, respectively, was recorded in the now-destroyed Georgia Theatre straight-to-tape and live with only two microphones in something of an homage to the Cowboy Junkies' classic The Trinity Session. Recorded by David Barbe (Drive-By Truckers, Sugar) with Andy Lemaster (Now It's Overhead, Bright Eyes), this album of single-take songs is dynamic, not exactly a live record (no audience, no clapping, no "sweetening"), but not a studio recording either. The songs themselves find the band expanding into territory twangier and poppier than any of its previous output. The band's most open-hearted and vulnerable work, Sand & Lines is an experiment (if not exactly experimental), 10 songs recorded live with two mics, presented in the order of their recording, the document of the sound of a beautiful space that doesn't exist anymore.