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APPLESEED CAST, LEAVING THE SCENE, LET DOWN LOSER
(Satyricon, 125 NW 6th) Here is everything you need to know about Appleseed Cast in 150 words or less: (1) They used to be named December's Tragic Drive, after a Sunny Day Real Estate lyric—and from that you can accurately guess what genre of music they fall under. (2) Their 2001 release, Low Level Owl: Volume 1, is a staggering masterwork of ambitious structure and design; basically it's the OK Computer of the emo set, but without the notoriety, Grammys, or Soundscan numbers. They later released a Volume 2, but it's not as good. (3) They will be forever cursed for being associated with the shameful Deep Elm label (home of the cringe-worthy Emo Diaries compilations). (4) Their latest recording, Sagarmatha, is surprisingly gorgeous, loaded with refined post-rock that builds to Mount Everest heights (fitting, seeing how the album is titled in honor of the peak's region in Nepal). EAC

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Appleseed Cast - "Steps and Numbers"

Photo by Chris Strong