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Review: John Vanderslice- White Wilderness by jason
January 25, 2011, 10:00 am
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John Vanderslice- White Wilderness. Dead Oceans, 2011.

On White Wilderness, John Vanderslice’s 8th album, by my count, Vanderslice eschews many of the guitars and synthesizers that define his sound, instead teaming up with the Magik Magik Orchestra. The result is a more subdued JV.

That isn’t to say that this sounds like an all-new John Vanderslice. It is unmistakably him, just translated into a chamber-pop, yet not twee, sound. Several songs, like “Sea Salt,” “After It Ends,” and “Overcoat” sound like they were written for his usual instrumentation, and would not sound out of place on Pixel Revolt or Romanian Names. Others, like “20K” and “The Piano Lesson,” make full use of the orchestra.

Being entirely honest, I like this. A lot, even. However, if you have never listened to John Vanderslice, I would suggest Pixel Revolt or Emerald City, or even Suddenly It All Went Dark, which is basically an acoustic version of Pixel Revolt that you can download for free here. That’s not to say that White Wilderness is for fans only, but it does sound different than his usual stuff. Personally, I’ll be buying this one sooner rather than later.



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I agree whole heartedly. I like White Wilderness and I can’t wait to see Vanderslice on tour this year. My favorite JV track is Angela. Love it.

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