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info opinion

The Vision of a Dying World

"What You Are To Be You Now Become" CD


Genre: indie pop, folk pop

May 2007

san diego's the vision of a dying world play pleasant folky indie pop made interesting with some flowing, sparse compositions and the casual use of banjo, mandolin, accordian and others. what you are to be you now become shows off jeremy scott and jackson milgaten's impressive songwriting abilities, and comes off as one of those records that seems more brief and fleeting than it actually is. which is, of course, a good thing. the band's casual sound is characterized by loose, freeform songs that revel in melody but maintain a collective airiness. apparently these folks have quite the little fanbase, which isn't surprising due to their fun, clever style. "the beaver king" is a fine example of what they've got to offer, with its loving banjo part, goofy lyrics, and light nickel creek-esque approach. "a soul so strange" is likely the album's best songs, and even winding interlude "the nickel plated baby" succeeds with its enjoyable keyboard melody. this is a strong sophomore effort from these folks; i'd like to see what they come up with next.

the vision of a dying world's myspace


youuuuuuuutube!: wishing well (live), a new song (not on this cd), cadillac bears (not on this cd)

Fun Fact: In the "thank you's" section, The Vision thanks "the makers of Thompson's Teeth ('the only teeth capable of eating other teeth')", a clever reference to Futurama.

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[Vitals: 8 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2007]