“De­serter’s Songs (LP)”

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Out now. Fully ce­ment­ing Mer­cury Rev’s re­birth as pur­vey­ors of a cos­mic brand of the pop­u­lar Amer­i­can song­book, De­serter’s Songs is an al­bum of grandiose pro­por­tions. Merg­ing jazz, folk, sweep­ing orches­tra­tion, and a dose of 60’s rock, the al­bum was in­tended as the band’s swan song and there­fore made with ut­ter aban­don. How­ever, it be­came the band’s most ac­claimed plat­ter and re­mains one of the es­sen­tial records of the past 30 years. De­serter’s Songs was re­leased to huge world­wide ac­claim and went on to be named al­bum of the year in 1998 by NME, MOJO and many other pub­li­ca­tions, quickly pro­pel­ling the leg­endary icon­o­clasts into liv­ing rooms world­wide and pi­o­neered the launch of a new genre of mu­sic, heard to­day in bands like Ar­cade Fire and Beirut. Avail­able on vinyl once again on the band’s own im­print Ex­cel­sior Melodies.

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