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Pleasant Grove

Art of Leaving CD

Named for a suburb of Dallas, Texas, Pleasant Grove was formed by vocalists/guitarists Bret Egner and Marcus Striplin, who were drawn together to write and play music that captured raw melancholy melodies laid out over slow, spacious, rhythmic harmonies.
 
The Art of Leaving delves into different, uncharted ground and yet maintains a sentiment and cohesiveness of longing and desperation that has been prevalent since the beginning. It's a mesmerizing set of songs-- gut-wrenching, sophisticated, built up from barest arrangements to often explosive climaxes with echoing, dense layers of sound and devices.
 
Their self-titled debut was released by Last Beat in 1999 and reissued on CD the following year by Germany's Glitterhouse Records, along with the follow- up album Ascultation of the Heart (recorded with Matt Pence of Centromatic). In 2002 Pleasant Grove toured Europe and parts of the U.S. and were well received throughout.
 
Titles as audacious as "I Couldn't Withstand The Damage Of An Evil And Wicked Divorce" are matched by arrangements of equal poignancy, whimpering understatement versus breast-beating opulence to rival anything by the Silver Jews, Mercury Rev, or the Handsome Family. -- Uncut
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