on December 3, 2003
'the blossom filled streets' is an understated masterpiece. it shuffles and floats dreamily into your consciousness, and yet never fails to be compelling. can be listened to as a seamless whole or song by song. one of my favorite albums ever.
buy it - but hey, support your local independent record shop or order directly from the label.
on April 8, 2002
I originally bought this album on a whim, because the cover art made me think it would be good, and I figured it would at least be interesting if it's on Drag City. This album far exceeded any expectations. It's like a beautiful movie score for a film better than any that yet exist. Trust the other reviewer on this one.
on September 5, 2000
Movietone wander openheartedly through a dreamy, gentle, quiet room, out onto a lawn, and into a sunny forest, before emerging to a seashore. The music is acoustic and slow, with soft guitar, bass, clarinet and Kate Wright's lovely vocals guiding us through. The tone is wistful, cinematic, and intimate. Make some tea and curl up with your antique afghan. This is elegantly naive couch music. Movietone sound like no-one else and are innovative rather than eclectic, but fans of the tenderest side of Tindersticks, Pram, The Sea and Cake, Broadcast, The Pastels, and Le Mans should find some kindered spirits here. Movietone's previous (second) album, Day and Night, was one of my favorites of the 90s and this gets the new decade off to a great start. I pray these folks will play live in Seattle someday. This release is on the best label in the world, Domino, in England (check out their new Geographic imprint, too), and on the outstanding Drag City here in the States. Buy direct from the label or support your local independent record store.