Morning Teleportation, 'Expanding Anyway' (Glacial Pace)

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Expanding Anyway
Critical Mass
Release Date: March 8, 2011
Label: Glacial Pace

by Jon Young

Yelping and shouting like a genuine mental case, frontman Tiger Merritt rides a joyously chaotic wave on this Portland, Oregon-based quintet's dizzying debut. Though coproduced by Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock and signed to his label, Morning Teleportation possess their own wacky identity, lurching from avant-garde mischief to pop operatics to folky sweetness. Their energy can be so overpowering that it takes a minute to notice the adeptness of the musicianship -- Merritt's exciting prog guitar riffs make the nine-minute "Wholehearted Drifting Sense of Inertia" feel too short.

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