Per Second, Per Second, Per Second... Every Second

WheatNovember 4, 2003
Rock℗ 2003 Aware Records LLC
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Songs
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I Met A Girl3:59
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Breathe3:15
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These Are Things4:06
4
Life Still Applies3:00
5
Go Get The Cops3:42
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Some Days3:22
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World United Already4:21
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Hey, So Long (Ohio)2:50
9
The Beginner3:39
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Can't Wash It Off3:33
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Closer To Mercury3:51
12
This Rough Magic5:25
13
Don't I Hold You3:40
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Additional Information

Genres
Total length
48:40
Tracks
13
Released
November 4, 2003
Label
℗ 2003 Aware Records LLC
File type
MP3
Access type
Streaming and by permanent download to your computer and/or device
Internet connection
Required for streaming and downloading
Playback information
Via Google Play Music app on Android v4+, iOS v7+, or by exporting MP3 files to your computer and playing on any MP3 compatible music player
Matt Pond PA’s fifth album, Emblems, marks the point where the “PA” became more of a nostalgic suffix than a geographic signifier – it was Pond’s first release following his move from Philadelphia to Brooklyn. It’s always been tough to tell whether Matt Pond PA was a proper band or not. Over the years, it’s tended to be singer/songwriter Pond and whoever else he gathers around him, but he often makes the other players part of a real collaborative process, so it’s significant that the PA-to-NY move found him revamping his group with a new lineup.

Not coincidentally, Emblems also marks a stylistic shift for Pond and his pals; while the earlier albums were full of artfully arranged chamber-pop, replete with strings, there’s a move towards more straight-ahead, guitar-oriented indie rock here. On one hand, it’s hard not to miss the baroque pop leanings of MPPA albums like Measure and The Nature of Maps, but it would seem unfair to deny Pond the opportunity for artistic evolution. Besides, how boring would it be if a band just kept on doing the same thing year after year?

That’s not to say that the chamber pop touches of the past are completely excised on Emblems – strings do pop up on cuts like “The Butcher,” and the gentle, mid-tempo “New Hampshire” almost feels like it could be an outtake from Elliott Smith’s Figure 8. But for all of Pond’s skillful blending of acoustic and electric textures throughout the album, opening cut “KC” has more in common with Death Cab for Cutie than it does with some Zombies-loving band of Elephant 6 refugees, and tracks like “Claire” and “Closest (Look Out)” are positively driving. Ultimately, Emblems marks a step forward for Pond, but without any burning bridges in the background.
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