Apparently we’re not the only ones completely enthralled with Pas/Cal’s I Was Raised On Matthew, Mark, Luke & Laura . So, check it out for yourself – listen to the full album stream on Spinner and then read the review excerpts below and see if you agree.
Pitchfork says, “Taking seven years to make an album may be decadent, but it’s a decadence intrinsic to PAS/CAL’s music, executed with an attention to detail uncommon in the often-slapdash world of indie pop.”
Metromix says, “Standout “Dearest Bernard Living” recalls Of Montreal (pre-Ziggy Stardust complex) and is completely disjointed, messy, unfocused and awesome.”
Pop Matters says, “PAS/CAL makes the kind of music you don’t hear too much these days. It’s intelligent. It’s full of ideas. It has richly painted, complex characters who you’re more likely to describe as “protagonists” than to automatically assume are projections of the band’s songwriter, Casimer Pascal. And best of all, it’s dressed up in the sort of unexpected pop costume that causes you to catch your breath at the infectious spirit of it all.”
Casimer Pascal says in an Artist Direct interview:
Q: What’s the most dramatic thing you ever did to save money as a starving musician?
A: I purchased my first multi-track recorder by being a look-out for a kid that stole car radios. I still have one of the radios in a drawer somewhere that I had planned on installing in my own car, if I was ever able to steal enough car radios to afford one. It never happened, obviously.
Finally, I hope you’re a devoted Daily Rind reader and already read our interview with Pascal, but if not, here’s a teaser:
Q: How did you feel about your song being in a Saturn commercial? Did you get free cars? Can we have one?
A: I wasn’t happy with it until I received the check. Then it took on a certain unrecognized beauty. Bikes are the new car, I’ll help you finance one.
MP3: Pas/Cal – Glorious Ballad Of The Ignored