The Never has just released their fourth album called ANTARCTICA. It's a storybook album: a full length CD literally coupled with a fully illustrated storybook by Noah Smith! The story is centered around a young, naive, boy named Paul and his journey to find the owner of a large grey object he found behind his home in the country. Antarctica is a plea for everyone young and old to remember the simple things of childhood. The book also serves as a reminder to appreciate the world and the beauty it has to offer. (An illustration from 'Antarctica, courtesy Chapel Hill News)
I am so grateful to the lovely Melissa of "Hello, Melissa" fame for introducing us to the musical talents of "The Never"! My 14-year old in particular is a huge fan and has been since she heard their 3rd album last year. Their latest album,"Antartica", which my delighted daughter has an autographed copy of, (again, courtesy the thoughtful Melissa), is a storybook album which literally includes a storybook (with cool illustrations by band member, Noah Smith) and for a fun listening experience the listener is supposed to turn the pages of the book in time with the music which I think is so darn cool!
About the music: in how many ways can I say wonderful??? It truly, truly is a lovely listening experience! They have been described as "part Beach Boys, part Weezer, part Pink Floyd and part Queen", but I know that's kinda hard to imagine without being able to listen to them, so why don't you take a walk over to "The Never" website and listen to samples of their music on the jukebox?
I love the melodies and I think the guys harmonize beautifully together.I also love the cool intstrumental riffs on many of the songs employing the violin, the mandolin and so on. Some of my favourites on the "Antartica" album are: Summer Time,Summer Girl/Old Man Winter, Antartica, The Sharpest Place, Snow Starts to Fall...heck, I love them all!!!
Will soon attach a picture of my daughter wearing her highly coveted "Antartica" t-shirt! Thanks, Melissa!
Photos from the Antarctica release show on March 26th courtesy "outofideas" at flickr.com