Aislers Set, the / How I Learned to Write Backwar
Album: How I Learned to Write Backwar   Collection:General
Artist: Aislers Set, the   Added:Mar 2003
Label: Suicide Squeeze Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-07-07 Pull Date: 2003-09-08
Week Ending: Sep 7 Aug 31 Aug 24 Aug 17 Aug 10 Aug 3 Jul 27 Jul 20
Airplays: 2 1 1 1 2 1 3 3

Recent Airplay
1. Aug 03, 2015: Shytown: Second to Last
Attraction Action Reaction
4. Jul 20, 2013: Fried Egg
The Train #2
2. Apr 10, 2014: Fried Egg Frenzy
Languor in the Balcony
5. Dec 26, 2012: 1017076
Languor in the Balcony, Emotional Levy, Catherine Says
3. Oct 09, 2013: Fried Egg
Catherine Says
6. Aug 18, 2012: Feral Pop Frenzy
Catherine Says

Album Review
Riina Luik
Reviewed 2003-07-09
For those unfamiliar with the band, The Aislers Set are excellent local retro-popsters. I would describe their sound as ranging from 60s-style pop (think Phil Spector) to more modern indie pop (think Heavenly, Henry's Dress). Typical songs are short and sweet without being too cutesy. This album marks a slight departure for the band. There are some minimal and dark moments here. This new direction worked for me, but there are also a lot of choice pop songs to play if you're not partial to the band's new direction. Highly recommended!!!
*1*-one of my favorite tracks, glockenspiel?, handclaps, and harmonies make this a layered and dreamy pop masterpiece
2-pretty minimal, just vocals, bass, and percussion; church choir-like vocal harmonies chime in at the end
*3*-a relatively more rockin' tune; pure guitar pop heaven with harmonies at choruses
*4*-another gem; cool guitar melody with increasingly complex vocal harmonies; brass and tambourine join in to liven things up
*5*-lovely; plodding guitar and toy-like piano accompany soft vocals; sleigh bells and harmonies add depth
6-this reminds me of the last album; guitars, brass, beautiful harmonies, piano; starts with a simple guitar melody and builds from there
7-very retro, very Phil Spector; cute vocal harmonies accompanied by strummed guitars and organ
*8*-the "experimental" tune; glockenspiel, guitar reverb, minimal piano, interesting percussive noises leading to a lot of tempo changes; short
9-this sounds like Henry's Dress; fuzzy guitars and vocal harmonies; more chaotic but with a distinct pop sensibility
10-the most minimal track; subdued female vocals and barely there guitar; sad and sweet
11-bass and intermittently off-key female vocals with a simple beat; dissonant brass joins in at points; things improve as pseudo-surfy guitars and handclaps join the fray

Track Listing
1. Catherine Says   6. Attraction Action Reaction
2. Emotional Levy   7. Through the Swells
3. Languor in the Balcony   8. The Train #1
4. Mission Bells   9. The Train #2
5. Saras's Song   10. Unifinished Paintings
  11. Melody not Malaise