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mr. Gnome
The Heart of a Dark Star

mr. Gnome

USA Flag   mr. Gnome — The Heart of a Dark Star 
••••   O putování hluboko v těch nejtemnějších zákoutích mysli.
Formed: 2005 in Cleveland, OH
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Album release: November 18, 2014
Record Label: El Marko
Duration:     41:52
01 Melted Rainbow     3:54
02 Dark Star     0:48
03 Rise & Shine     3:56
04 Mustangs     4:53
05 Folk Lonely     0:43
06 Star Stealers     4:20
07 Storm     2:39
08 Light     5:03
09 Hanguder     3:46
10 Fools     1:04
11 Odyssey     2:29
12 Follow     4:32
13 No Place Like Home     1:34
14 Sea     2:11
Group Members:
♦••   Nicole Barille
••♦   Sam Meister
•♦••   Nicole Barille Group Member, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
•••   Troy Glessner Mastering
••♦•   Kevin McMahon Mixing
•♦••   Barb Meister Cover Art
••♦•   Jonah Meister Featured Artist, Guitar
•♦••   Sam Meister Drums, Group Member, Piano, Vocals
♦•   Mr. Gnome Composer, Cover Art, Engineer, Primary Artist, Producer
MICHAEL KATZIF, November 09, 201411:03 PM ET
••••   For a record about journeying deep inside the darkest recesses of the mind, there's nothing introverted about the Cleveland duo Mr. Gnome's new album, The Heart Of A Dark Star. Named for an evocative phrase in a Neil Gaiman book, The Heart Of A Dark Star is a bold and blustery hurricane of guitars, organs and voices, all swirling around in the night air.
♦••  It's a raw, romantic sound that Mr. Gnome's members — singer–guitarist Nicole Barille and drummer–pianist Sam Meister — have refined and expanded across several records, including 2011's excellent Madness In Miniature. The Heart Of A Dark Star is the band's first entirely self–recorded album, and that extra time and a more casual writing process adds up to a satisfying, conceptually ambitious work.
••♦   Throughout The Heart Of A Dark Star, many songs don't truly end, but instead glide seamlessly into the next — carrying over melodic snippets or a lyrical phrase while connecting these surreal songs to larger statements about love, pain and a search for meaning in the unknown.
♦•  Take "Melted Rainbow," which immediately establishes the colors, tone and orchestration to which Mr. Gnome returns repeatedly: Meister's droning electronics and bit–crunched keyboards, militaristic snare–drum rolls and heavily distorted bass, swarms of buzzing guitars. It all forms a bed underneath Barille's soaring voice, which clips and howls into the red as if it were captured with plastic Fisher Price microphones when she exuberantly chants the chorus, "We can't explain just where we are right now." After that peak subsides, Mr. Gnome segues directly into "Dark Star" — the first of many layered vocal–harmony interludes ("Folk Lonely," "Fools," "No Place Like Home") that press a reset button between cascading climaxes.
••♦   Later, in the transporting "Light," Mr. Gnome offers an icy, escapist chill–out to help listeners tune out the all–encompassing feelings. Under a dead, thudding pulse and minimal keyboards, the song pushes Barille's off–kilter quirks and alluring harmonies front and center when she passionately sings, "Now we come back from the dark side / Tell me you wanna fly / Can you get down real low for awhile / Maybe for another mile?"
••  Then, in the anthemic waltz "Follow," the music swells again as Barille unfurls another lasting, hopeful payoff: "Oh, I'll be the one you carry on / Floating from outer space beyond / I'll be the freak–out in your mind / I love you, I love you, I love for all time." Whether its songs are bleak and primal, grandiose or seductively dreamy, Mr. Gnome delights in searching for the unexpected. :: http://www.npr.org/
Artist Biography by Margaret Reges
••♦••   Echoes on the GroundMr. Gnome are a duo whose melancholy, prickling, guitar–driven sound nods to Cat Power–influenced indie rock acts like Land of Talk and Lightning Dust. The duo formed in Cleveland, OH, in 2005 as a collaboration between Nicole Barille and Sam Meister, who had worked together in a small local band previous to forming Mr. Gnome. Their debut EP, Echoes on the Ground, was released through their homemade label, El Marko, before the year was out, and their second, self–titled EP arrived in 2006. Mr. Gnome's first full–length album, Deliver This Creature, came out two years later. http://www.allmusic.com/

mr. Gnome
The Heart of a Dark Star