Review: !mindparade, Everything Is Happening 

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!mindparade
Everything is Happening
Self-released

!mindparade's debut album Everything is Happening is an ambitious low-fi bedroom symphony marked by flourishing psychedelic arrangements and dreamy tunes that recall everything from Deerhunter to T. Rex to the Elephant 6 Collective. The Bloomington-based 8-piece band, led by singer-songwriter Alex Arnold, follow up on the promise of their first release, (everything ep), and deliver an enjoyable scattershot of songs that provide a terrific introduction to one of Bloomington's most exciting new bands.

The album begins with the sound of a yelping dog ("Intro") and storms right into a swinging synth-rock, horn-heavy tune ("Arrange Blood") before slowing down for the moody "Gravitation", a song that seems to channel the better parts of MGMT's Congratulations. The album really hits its stride though with the pairing of "Time" and "OK" -- the two strongest tracks on the album. The former is a well executed piece of glam rock bliss, while the latter is a sprawling epic that showcases everything !mindparade do best -- murky vocals, distorted guitar hooks, and graceful string arrangements.

The rest of the album continues this haphazard genre exploration with Stooges-esque garage rock ("Gonna Be"), a dark folk tune that manages to turn into a prog song ("It Is Strange") and even an industrial metal song that morphs into an airy disco jam ("The Age of the Connected Man"). Overall though, despite its lack of coherence, Everything Is Happening shows an ambitious band with a vast sonic palette and a bright future.

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