Unwound - Empire (4xLP - Boxset + Essay)
Includes Unwound's seminal album Leaves Turn Inside You, along with s Challenge For A Civilized Society, and a collection of period singles, b-sides and demos on Empire, along with a a 15,000-word essay.
The climactic entry in our four-set Unwound exploration, Empire compiles the final pair of albums by the Olympia, Washington, trio. On 1998's Challenge For A Civilized Society, the band toyed with conventional verse/chorus form, stacking layers of noise and distraction on top of tightly constructed melodies.
They'd abdicate entirely just three years later with 2001's Leaves Turn Inside You, executing a 14-song masterclass in home recording that observed a crucial band in graceful transition from post-hardcore trio to experimental quintet. The mammoth double album was lost in the chaos of a post-9/11 media, baffling onlookers and exhilarating fans in successive breaths before it fell far out of print. At their reinvention and terminus, Unwound ultimately asked “Who Cares”?
The Empire box-set teems with period singles, B-sides, unreleased studio tracks, and demos, alongside a 15,000-word essay exploring the terminal stages of the '90s, indie rock, Unwound, and civilization as we know it.
Meet the Plastics
The World is Flat
Sonata for Loudspeakers
Side Effects of Being Tired
Lifetime Achievement Award
What Went Wrong
We Invent You
Look A Ghost
Demons Sing Love Songs
Off This Century
One Lick Less
October All Over
Below the Salt
Mile Me Deaf
The Light At The End of The Tunnel Is A Train
Meet The Plastics (Demo)
The World Is Flat (Demo)
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