Noise Revival Orchestra Experience, Everything's Gone Green, and Canopy
Reviewed by Audra Schroeder, Fri., May 16, 2008
Austin's incredible expanding trend hits the deEP end hard. What was once local quartet Noise Revival has multiplied to collective status with its debut EP as the 13-piece chamber experimentalists Noise Revival Orchestra Experience. This version of the EP, released earlier this year, comes via a USB drive and features interpretative remixes by DJ Jester and Ernest Gonzales, accenting the band's propulsive, dual-drummer-helmed mix of trumpet, French horn, trombone, and anthemic guitar. Check "Last Breath" for a big ol' 1980s rave-up that comes out of nowhere. Another big group with brass tacks, the eightpiece Everything's Gone Green, gives a nod to the 1990s with Hiding in the Light (Egg Recordings). It's a pleasant enough trot through Britpop ("Melodies Have a Shelf Life") and psych-bop ("When We See Beyond the Tracks"), and though EGG's trombones and flutes are a nice addition, straight-up guitar rock suits them a little better. Canopy, the project of videographer Praveen Ayyagari, expands as well for debut Canopy/Anopy (Autobus). The octet, with arrangements and guitar from Brazos' ubiquitous Martin Crane, turns out five well-crafted gems, including the Nilsson-esque "Everybody Trips a Little Now and Then" (with help from Tacks, the Boy Disaster's Evan Jacobs and Nathan Stein) and power-pop "The Listener." With the even more ubiquitous Erik Wofford behind the boards, this is an Austin sound that benefits from golden arrangements and collaboration.