Mercury Rev: Double Plays
V2 Australia assembled a two-fer of All Is Dream from 2001 and
Deserter's Songs from 1998 (yes, in reverse order), presenting a strange mirror image. The former album (Deserter's Songs) is a luxuriant, elegant ride through orchestral arrangements, expansive songwriting, and lush production while the latter's shambolic, playful, and multi-textural vibe is utterly idiosyncratic and off-kilter. For those who have neither album, this is a wondrous ride into nether-pop's accessible yet wonderfully strange sonic universe.
Levon Helm and Garth Hudson are present on tracks from Deserter's Songs.
Mercury Rev - Double Plays - 2005 - V2 338842