Out of the ashes of the progressive pop band, The Story Of, which played melodic and expansively-orchestrated pop songs and reached national acclaim, was birthed Melogrand. The previous members of The Story Of sourced some of their musically-inclined friends to build the sound of Melogrand, which put out a unique breed of psychadelic pop. Today, Melogrand released their first full length album titled Waves For The Ages as a follow up to their debut 7″ in 2010.
Recorded in East Austin at Public Hi-Fi and in their home studio, Waves of The Ages is the product of 13 months of recording and mixing. On the album, you’ll hear dreamy pop punctuated by progressive musical elements like throat singing and drippy guitar effects. Melogrand frequently build up multi-layered soundscapes that make for a huge backdrop for their soaring vocals. I could see fans of Beach House and John Vanderslice really getting into Waves for Ages.
The album is very intricate and incorporates a glut of surprising musical elements throughout the 10-song strong release including a folky breakdown on the first track and a trumpet-featuring bride on “Maribelle” the second track of the album. There’s a good number of standout tracks here, but the repacks of “All the Young” and “We’re Being Robbed” from their previous 7” were instant ear candy and “Modern World” with its rich piano backing and glittering melodic lines was a favorite also. Waves for the Ages has a huge sound and pop accessibility and will be spinning in my metaphoric Discman for a while.Melogrand - 'Modern World'
Waves for the Ages is available to stream and purchase at Melogrand’s website here. Also, be on the lookout for Melogrand’s upcoming shows in support of their latest release. Hey, who knows, they might even be playing a SXSW show sponsored by a local music blog that rhymes with nematode.