Year 5000 has been making music back in ’96, which was a glorious time for a lot of thirty-somethings like myself. It’s been 16 years since he started and it is a shame that Year 5000 hasn’t become a household name in that time. In this day and age I listen to so much music. I digest it like candy and 85% of it I feel is regurgitated even if it is good. Year 5000 is the first artist I have listened to in quite some time that I feel is completely original, unique, experimental and at the same time is able to write catchy ear-candy type melodies. The exceptional Pilgrim's Gate is the third and final installment of the Year 5000 Gates series, following 2011's The Stranger's Gate and 2012's The Farmers' Gate. It is an eclectic journey of discovery that will have fans of avant-garde and pop song rewarded.
The album starts off with “A Confuddlement of Duchesses” which is the longest song of the album as well as an instrumental piece. There are a unique variety of disparate instruments, such as string and accordion, working together to create a balance that works. It isn’t until the third song “Money’s on the Phone” that we hear some vocals. Luckily, they are awesome! But it doesn’t stop there. Organs, electronic drums, white noise cover this one which is probably my favorite from the album. Other songs such as “The Devil Is in the Pigtails” has an almost drunken Tom Waits feel. The album goes by extremely fast after this song where no song overstays its welcome No matter what type of music you dig, you need to check out this original piece of work.
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