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Download links and information about Creatures by Elf Power. This album was released in 2002 and it belongs to Rock, Indie Rock, Pop, Alternative genres. It contains 11 tracks with total duration of 35:42 minutes.

Artist: Elf Power
Release date: 2002
Genre: Rock, Indie Rock, Pop, Alternative
Tracks: 11
Duration: 35:42
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Tracks

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No. Title Length
1. Let the Serpent Sleep 3:20
2. Everlasting Scream 2:01
3. The Creature 3:30
4. Palace of the Flames 2:47
5. The Modern Mind 3:27
6. Visions of the Sea 4:38
7. Things That Should Not Be 2:46
8. Three Seeds 2:45
9. The Haze 4:31
10. Unseen Hand 3:43
11. The Creature Part II 2:14

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The amicable departure of bassist Bryan Helium seems to have invigorated Elf Power, judging from the economical but intense performances throughout Creatures. While adhering to the low-fi aesthetic of the Elephant 6 collective from which they came, the band spans the gap from neo-psychedelic to cosmic folk-rock, in essence claiming as home base the niche established by Neil Young shortly after his flight from Buffalo Springfield. Creatures is a concept effort, built along a story line that teems with slimy creatures emerging from bogs or slithering in sewers just beneath our feet; a single "creature" recurs now and then, invested with an elusive but undeniable metaphorical significance. Andrew Rieger's toneless, mumbling, and often out-of-tune singing bathes his lyrics in a pale white light; the contrast between deadpan delivery and epic imagery keeps the performance on a steady and rewarding interpretive course. With minimal resources, the Elves construct compelling arrangements, from a vast aquatic swell and roll throughout "Visions of the Sea" to the trippy pictures tumbled over a stoner drone on "Three Seeds." The center of the music is simple: acoustic guitars and big, dry drums, sweetened with a keyboard, a cello, or something equally fanciful. Yet the band's vision stretches beyond instrumentation and deep into the heart of Rieger's artistry. This balance of elements, along with Elf Power's ragged but insistent groove, make Creatures a study of harmonious contradiction and unlikely balance. ~ Robert L. Doerschuk, Rovi