Unwound – Empire – VINYL 3LP Box Set


EAN : 0825764120258

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The climactic entry in our four-set Unwound exploration, Empire compiles the final pair of albums by the Olympia, Washington, trio. On 1998’s Challenge For A Civilized Society, the band toyed with conventional verse/chorus form, stacking layers of noise and distraction on top of tightly constructed melodies. They’d abdicate entirely just three years later with 2001’s Leaves Turn Inside You, executing a 14-song masterclass in home recording that observed a crucial band in graceful transition from post-hardcore trio to experimental quintet. The mammoth double album was lost in the chaos of a post-9/11 media, baffling onlookers and exhilarating fans in successive breaths before it fell far out of print. At their reinvention and terminus, Unwound ultimately asked “Who Cares”? The Empire box-set teems with period singles, B-sides, unreleased studio tracks, and demos, alongside a 15,000-word essay exploring the terminal stages of the ’90s, indie rock, Unwound, and civilization as we know it.


Challenge For A Civilized Society
A1 Data 3:33
A2 Laugh Track 3:13
A3 Meet The Plastics 3:12
A4 The World Is Flat 4:34
A5 Sonata Four Loudspeakers 5:20
B1 No Tech! 1:42
B2 Side Effects Of Being Tired 9:00
B3 Lifetime Achievement Award 5:09
B4 What Went Wrong 8:34

Leaves Turn Inside You
C1 We Invent You 4:06
C2 Look A Ghost 3:04
C3 December 4:03
C4 Treachery 4:17
D1 Terminus 9:40
D2 Demons Sing Love Songs 4:03
D3 Off This Century 5:30
E1 One Lick Less 5:36
E2 Scarlette 4:44
E3 October All Over 4:59
E4 Summer Freeze 5:36
F1 Radio Gra 5:56
F2 Below The Salt 10:39
F3 Who Cares 2:25

G1 Mile Me Deaf 2:25
G2 The Light At The End Of The Tunnel Is A Train 10:18
G3 Solo Sonata 3:42
G4 XLNT (Untitled) 2:05
H1 Laszlo 4:58
H2 Torch Song 3:58
H3 Meet The Plastics (Demo) 2:55
H4 The World Is Flat (Demo) 4:15
H5 Empire (Demo) 3:44

Additional information
Weight 2300 g



Noise/Math-Rock, Rock/Indie/Garage

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