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norad
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olimario wrote:
Yeah, dude on the right looks like he's passing through.

I'm kind of sick of all of this forced sullen nonsense, to be honest.
These are happy people from happy families, as far as I can tell.
Crack a damn smile.

Or put some life into your eyes, something. You don't necessarily need to smile to not look sullen.
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wilsmith
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I would expect nothing less of this place. Laughing

What if the album is all sad, lovelorn songs? Music is usually a case where the book is judged by the cover, so art does matter in that regard. I think the bar is raised given this is a crew of folk known for their visual art as well. For that reason I understand all the critiques.

Also, I can give you one reason why anyone making music like this would be sullen in a photo shoot: They were listening to the radio on the ride over, or had it playing on location. As nice as life may seem for folks, the music business is pretty discouraging. Not because of the rate of success and failure commercially, but because you are ultimately putting yourself and your creative process out for consumption, or rejection. Popularity contests are only fun for the winners. For everyone else, there's a lot of psychological baggage that has to be unpacked to manage being well-adjusted. Anyone in the midst of that process is likely to come off melancholy at some point. It's along the lines of someone who is happily in love. If you catch them at a time when they are apart from the person they love, they might be lonely, missing them. The music business, for artists, is a perpetual chase after unrequited loves:

1. critical acclaim
2. the respect of your peers
3. making a living
4. normality

and perhaps someone hipped them to the gripes on the board:

http://t.co/uS62eKWLRJ

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That photo is literally ONE MILLION TIMES more endearing than the new cover.
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For me, it seems ironic a band called "Merriment" with an album called "Sway" has a photo depressed like this. But let's wait to see the full booklet and listen to the entire disc.
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indeed i am a tortured soul
captive in this human role
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the album is streaming on pandora now. i'm in love with it.
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olimario
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That pandora intro Laughing

Pandora premieres MEER-A-MINTS new album
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olimario wrote:
indeed i am a tortured soul
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Mr. Green

Perfection!

I'm gonna wait til my cd arrives to listen.

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i actually like it a lot more than i thought i would. it's not exactly my cup of tea, but i think it goes a bit beyond than typical singer/songwriter vibe i was expecting.
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I just listened to the first :42 and after the drums and piano came in I had to stop. Definitely waiting on the cd for this one cause they obviously didn't rest on their laurels and stick to the sound as previously heard. Seems the "Currents' of the production approach used on the last Eisley LP are going to run through most all of their works collectively at some point, and this is a wonderful thing as far as I'm concerned. I definitely can't spoil it now. That tease was enough to get me even more geeked up. Ship notification went out today, so it won't be long from NYC I imagine.
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Listening on Pandora now.. love it so far Smile I wish they were releasing it on vinyl but I preordered the CD, shirt, lyric card bundle anyway.
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olimario
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3 songs in and it's pretty great.
I've pretty much loved everything they've done.

This is less folky for sure.
More atmospheric ala earlier Eisley for me.
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norad
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TWO WORLDS. THEY RECORDED THAT. I've loved that song for years!!

Edit: Was only able to listen half way. Pandora cut me off. Hah.
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walkingonawire
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hi
Just wondering if anyone knows if the album is streaming anywhere else online?

pandora only streams in the u.s. and being from the u.k I cant listen to it

Thanks
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olimario
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yeah, worldwide stream is here
https://soundcloud.com/equalvision/sets/merriment-sway
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