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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the project from Shane Butler & Caity Shaffer features contributions from Eliza Bagg, Frank Maston, Benjamin Levinson, Jarvis Tavenier, and Peter Wagner.
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  • Record Label: Trouble in Mind
  • Genre(s): Folk, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia, Indie Folk
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. May 17, 2019
    90
    Living Theatre is the perfect intersection of nature and artifice, the very definition of what organic music can and should sound like, and it is a beautiful thing to behold.
  2. May 20, 2019
    72
    Olden Yolk have big ideas and big dreams about what type of art they want to make, and for the most part, they execute in such a way that feels both strangely soothing and impossibly lovely.
  3. May 16, 2019
    70
    I liked it better when Olden Yolk songs glowed with auras around their edges, when they surrounded themselves with a special kind of air that reverberated with songs in the process of becoming.
  4. Uncut
    May 16, 2019
    70
    What's particularly impressive is the way their distinctive approaches combine. [Jul 2019, p.33]
  5. May 16, 2019
    70
    While there are a couple other relatively lively passages on the album, the overall effect is decidedly thoughtful and stoned; Living Theatre leaves listeners with the drifting, droning "Distant Episode" and the spare, interlude-like guitar instrumental "Angelino High."
  6. May 16, 2019
    61
    There are beautiful moments on Living Theatre, but this time, the consistency is missing.
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  1. Sep 18, 2019
    7
    The 2nd album from this New York band is filled with gorgeously trippy psychedelic folk songs that radiate a winsome beauty. The idyllic toneThe 2nd album from this New York band is filled with gorgeously trippy psychedelic folk songs that radiate a winsome beauty. The idyllic tone of the music rides on lighthearted, quirky melodies that often belie the lyrical darkness. Members and contributors have played in Quilt, Woods, Purple Mountains, Pavo Pavo, Landlady, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Meneguar, more. RIYL: Melody’s Echo Chamber, Boogarins, Fairport Convention. “Living Theatre” is a gentle, dreamy journey to a secret realm. Expand