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Reviews of We Were Always Loyal to Lost Causes (2012)

AbsolutePunk.net (9/10) Sounding like what would happen if someone melted Explosions In The Sky, Radiohead and The Antlers’ Hospice together, The Dandelion War’s sophomore album, We Were Always Loyal To Lost Causes is one of the most attractive albums that you will hear this year. The band are relatively young but craft post-rock that will leave you with goosebumps. It can’t be stressed enough, how well crafted this album is. They never put a foot wrong, with each member of the band working together in a way that every part of each song is essential. They manage to avoid falling into common traps of post-rock bands, never once does it get boring, they never overstay their welcome on on one song, and each track is the perfect length. Also, each track can stand on its own feet outside of the album, with the beauty not being reliant on the rest of the record. The closer “Stone Castles” is as epic as they come, and features some of the most emotional instrumental music any listener will hear.

Overall, The Dandelion War are an unbelievably talented band. We Were Always Loyal To Lost Causes is as a close to a perfect post-rock album as you can get.

The Big Takeover Deep Elm’s latest signing, The Dandelion War, finds the long-running label further honing its reputation for epic, emotional ambient rock. This California five-piece spent two years on We Were Always Loyal to Lost Causes, and it certainly sounds like it; music this intricate and delicate is not made in a hurry.  an impressive record of powerful beauty.

East Bay Express Ostensibly a melodic, broody, indie-rock band, The Dandelion War writes songs that plod along with glacial elegance, buoyed by Larry Fernández’ ghostly vocals, a warm wash of background harmonies, and the occasional peal of bells.  The instrumentation is just beautiful.

Red and Black The album takes you on a musical journey across genres in a soothing whirlwind of sound. Lead singer Larry Fernández takes you by the hand and gently leads the voyage with his incredible vocals. The remarkable thing is he doesn’t overwhelm the instruments — clearly the focal point of the album. …a ten song masterpiece.

Dagger This is a heads-up for listeners who crave poignant, atmospheric music. With its latest album, Dandelion War is in no hurry to get where it’s going; taking time to put forth layers of beautiful guitar and distant synthesizers before Larry Fernandez’s swooping vocals take us on any of several journeys.

Americana-UK.com (8/10) There have been dozens of bands, all doing the post -rock thing, from Tortoise and Don Caballero, Rodan, June of ’44 and Gastr Del Sol, to Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, Sigur Ros and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, but not all have been worth your time. And Christ, did a lot of them required so much of it. I say all this simply to qualify my saying this album is terrific. The Dandelion War wear their influences proudly. In ‘Drifters’, you can hear Antlers, Sigur Ros, GY!BE and even Radiohead, and it’s brilliant that you can. It’s almost like in not trying to hide their influences, it’s given them the freedom to take those influences and see what they can do with them, and it’s tremendous that they’ve done that.

7BitArcade To say that this album is moving is an understatement. With eerie, brooding vocals, drifting synthesisers, glittering keys and post-rock inspired electric riff outbursts, this album will have you falling to your knees, bowed over by the weight of emotion that is threaded through each track. Prepare to be soothed, to be crushed, to be inspired.

Already Heard (4/5) Overpoweringly beautiful, perfectly layered music, and this kind of craftsmanship must be applauded. Complex but utterly euphoric music; let it wash over you and be pleasantly surprised.

InForty The band are not coy about their influences, and it has to be said, they do them proud. The instrumentation is carefully deliberated: affecting, yet never mawkish; and the skill and musicianship is considerable. It’s dreamy, shoegazey, and brimming with pathos: in short, lovely.

Review of Geometries and Orchids (2010)

Ourstage The perfect combo of cinematic and pop sensibilities. The Dandelion War deftly weaves those contrasts together for diaphanous songscapes that range from story to placid. “Jailbird” adds layers of glacial guitars, synths and drums to create the soundtrack to a dream. But the subconscious can be a fitful place, too, and on “Spectacle” the five-piece band creates a gyre of piano, drums, guitar and bass that falls somewhere between Sigur Rós and My Morning Jacket. “The Petals of Lipaceli” is equally mesmerizing—a long instrumental intro contains pianos echoed by chimes, reverb-drenched guitars, chants and rhythms that become more insistent as they build to crescendo. Sweet dreams are made of these..

Rock Freaks TDW are not a band to waste much time or be very longwinded, and this is probably my favourite feature of theirs: These guys seem to have a very fine-tuned sense for letting their songs progress at exactly the time the listener is ready for them to take the next step, and hence the immersive soundscape is kept almost constantly varied and engaging.

East Bay Express Geometries and Orchids is a lovely little slice of indie rock beauty. Vocals are pretty, guitars are jangly, rhythm section is solid. There are quite a few vocal-free spaces, which gives it an oddly open, airy feeling that resonates in the vocal style. It’s floating-on-a-cloud music.