ExitmusicThe Decline Of The West

Label:Not On Label (Exitmusic Self-released) – none
CD, Album
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Shoegaze, Indie Rock


1The Following Winds
PercussionSeth Olansky
2Strike Anywhere4:53
3The Decline Of The West
DrumsAnders Griffen
4Slow Parade4:33
5Everybody Row3:38
6The Father's Estate
PercussionSeth Olansky
7Here's Sunset4:31
8Exit Music4:30



All songs © 2007 EXITMUSIC recordings.
Produced, engineered and recorded in various Los Angeles apartments by EXITMUSIC.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 16892 92322 0
  • Matrix / Runout: 8258 - ALEKSADE1 092407
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LT05
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI A650



  • karlisz's avatar
    Playing EXITMUSIC's debut The Decline Of The West is like washing in a passionate wall of emotion. This male/female duo feeds their songwriting with bits of trance-like ambience (part Portishead meets Massive Attack, part Sarah Nixey meets Calico Sunset) and ethereal post-rock lendings (Blonde Redhead flirting with Viva Voce). Apparently recorded in various Los Angeles apartments, this 8-song full-length carries a lot of blissed out arrangements that slowly build into heartbreaking, atmospherically sufficating sugar pills. The duo (Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church) handle almost all of the instrumentation and share vocal duties, but the real treat is Aleksa's breathy vox weaving throughout the melancholy pocket orchestra's. Church adds a subtle amount of cocky dryness to offset The Decline Of The West's glazed charm, making the whole thing come off like a forlorn yet casually epic affair. In short, if you love dramatic/cinematic noise-pop, EXITMUSIC will delight. Without a doubt, this record wil be in the running for best DIY album of the year. "-THEBLACKANDWHITEMAG

    "For some reason, Exit Music is really working for me right now ... off-kilter, post-punk atmospheric leanings, slurred vocals and a slow, moody aesthetic; this is what I want to hear right now. It's far from the summery pop I've been ingesting for the past few months, and it's not even what I'd called "fall music" (if such a classification could be made). It's darker, yeah, and beneath the loosely assembled eight tracks from the debut LP, The Decline of the West, there's a dark meticulousness that's heart-wrenching in an enchanting, hard-to-place sort of way.

    That makes little sense, I think, but like Edit Music writes, "Sometimes the biggest influences are the hardest to pin down ... This is just how we process our days."

    And this is just how I'm processing my days now. Sluggish, yet utterly confusing and perplexing. Soft-spoken yet frustrated and irritable. I love it. I love the extremeness of it all ... the black and white nature of every strained song, the languor that is squeezed into every song.

    Exit Music sounds a little bit like old shoe gaze, a little bit like Radiohead, a lot like Galaxy 500 and Low ... you get the idea. Listen to a few tracks below and hunt this album down! Not to be missed ... I'm just at a loss for words now, and can't articulate its awesomeness appropriately."-BIBABIDI


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