Madrona, June / Battlegrounds
Album: Battlegrounds   Collection:General
Artist: Madrona, June   Added:Feb 2009
Label: Bicycle Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2009-06-07 Pull Date: 2009-08-09
Week Ending: Jul 26 Jul 19 Jun 21 Jun 14
Airplays: 1 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 19, 2009: Jokers Wild
Battle Ground
3. Jun 17, 2009: KZSU's Heartbleeps
Big Sur
2. Jul 12, 2009: Jokers Wild
Trying To Sleep
4. Jun 09, 2009: Everyday Commotion
Contents Of A Bus

Album Review
Adam Pearson
Reviewed 2009-05-23
Indie folk. The combination of acoustic guitar, flute, and melodica is a little strange to my ears, and this is why I think it deserves the “indie” tag because I’m sure that the band thinks that this is ‘cool’ and ‘interesting’ and a selling point. I’m still convinced it is a decision for the worst, (I just sounds so much like “easy listening” or a Renaissance fair at times) but if it doesn’t bother you too much, go ahead and play this. Lead vocalist is male and sounds a little like John Darnielle (Mountain Goats). Production is neither lo-fi nor slick. Songs tend to be sentimental, simplistic, solemn, slow, and melodic, but not warm. Play this with a broken heart in autumn. Only a couple of steps removed from you and your friends jamming together, this is reminiscent of some band playing your local coffee shop at 7pm on a Thursday night. FCC clean.

*1. Slow; strumming guitar with a little tambourine, flute comes in and melodica a little later. Simple melody, builds to a sad, strong climax with backing vocals. (5:40)
2. Structure is a little disjointed, but it settles on a folk groove a couple minutes in. (5:08)
3. Lots of flute to start, lyrics about football? Nice modest melody in here. (3:20)
4. I think the flute ruins this track. More steady folk guitar and nice backing vocals, and lyrics are memorable on this one. (4:55)
*5. Brooding, slow start. Atmospherics come in and song builds in intensity. “We need to be free and wild” is repeated. (5:19)
6. Guitar part is charming, but flute ruins this one! Melodica does some cool stuff but the flute is so annoying. (3:32)
7. Handclaps, tambourine, and upbeat, but I don’t like it. Poppy for sure, but that doesn’t make it good. (3:30)
8. Reminds me of Jack Johnson in the worst possible way. Better than 7 but still skip. (2:52)
9. Very fast and poppy again. Boo. Oh my… reminds me of Spongebob Squarepants with the choruses spelling out words… Avoid…does a Michael Stipe “End of the World As We Know It” imitation too! I’m about to recommend this for the sake of novelty. (2:35)
10. Slow again; a bit better. Builds nicely with minimal flute, modest guitar, and great melodica. (4:53)
*11. Crawlingly slow with pretty guitar. This track is sentimental and subtle, but emotional. (5:40)
12. This is another sad, slow, serious one. Grainy sample comes in with flute and melodica late in the track. (5:31)

Track Listing
1. Battle Ground   7. Contents Of A Bus
2. Grandpaw Frank   8. Long Distance
3. The Football Dream   9. Love Is Complicated
4. Trying To Sleep   10. Transatlantic
5. Wolf Dream   11. Big Sur
6. Dandelion Seeds   12. California Highways