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  • Performer: Shearwater
  • Title: The Golden Archipelago
  • Size FLAC ver: 1379 mb
  • Country: UK
  • Date of release: 2010
  • Style: Indie Rock
  • Other formats: MPC DMF AA AIFF MP1 DTS RA
  • Genre: Rock / World
  • Rating: 4.4 of 5
Shearwater - The Golden Archipelago album flac

The Golden Archipelago is Shearwaters third album for Matador.

The Golden Archipelago is the sixth studio album by American indie rock band Shearwater. It was released on February 23, 2010, on the Matador Records label. The track "Black Eyes" is the first single from the album. Shearwater released the album on both CD and vinyl. The first pressing of the CD includes a 50-page booklet with lyrics, as well as collected photographs from the "Golden Dossier," featuring images, maps and texts of island exploration themes.

Based on The Golden Archipelago, Shearwater are perfectly served by the medium. The record has just a couple of tracks that would be especially striking outside of their context on the LP, and nothing on the level of the huge highs of 2008's Rook, "Snow Leopard" and "Rooks". But it's still thoroughly captivating and confident- and one of the best recent examples of effective sequencing. The only parts of the album that don't feel quite as balanced as their surroundings are "God Made Me", which lacks the fluency of the record's other songs and weighs down the middle a bit, and the final two tracks: "Uniforms" is okay on its own, but its extreme dynamic range and slow start leaves the already wispy closer "Missing Islands".

The Golden Archipelago by Shearwater, released 23 February 2010 1. Meridian 2. Black Eyes 3. Landscape at Speed 4. Hidden Lakes 5. Corridors 6. God Made Me 7. Runners of the Sun 8. Castaways 9. An Insular Life 10. Uniforms 11. Missing Islands Recorded and mixed at Sonic Ranch, Public Hi-Fi and Elmwood Studios. Additional recording at Treeworld Recording. Strings recorded at Church House Mastered at Sterling Sound. Recorded 1998 on Kili by James Tocher, used by kind permission. Produced by John Congleton and Shearwater Recorded and mixed by John Congleton Assistant Engineer, Public Hi-Fi – Brad Bell Assistant Engineer, Sonic Ranch – Charles Godfrey. Strings And Winds Arranged by Kevin Schneider Mastered by Greg Calbi. Artwork by Kahn and Selesnick Design by Mark Ohe.

The best way to describe Shearwater’s new album The Golden Archipelago is by using an oxymoron. As contradictory a phrase that small scale grandeur might be, it seems incredibly apt when listening to the band. They craft music that feels very personal– in a wide open field. There are no soaring guitars, choruses or over the top crescendos, but there is something vast about the songs on this album. This album doesn’t feel as though it were crafted in a cathedral, but perhaps in a smaller church

On 2008’s magnificent Rook, Shearwater finally delivered on the promise of previous albums with a taut, hook-filled batch of art rock singles that were as emotionally powerful as they were melodically sound. For their sixth full-length offering, Jonathan Meiburg and company have crafted an ambitious, occasionally maddening ode to the natural world that owes more than a little tip of the hat to mid-'70s Peter Gabriel and the quieter moments of Pink Floyd’s The Final Cut.

The Golden Archipelago. Indie Rock Shearwater. Band Name Shearwater. Album Name The Golden Archipelago. Released date 23 February 2010. Music StyleIndie Rock. Members owning this album2.

It’s all part of the story. You've got to admire Shearwater. To so many bands the notion of songwriting consists largely of stroking their chins for a couple of hours before scrawling down a few rhyming couplets about the birds they fancy.

Shearwater ‎– The Golden Archipelago. Genre: Rock, Folk, World, & Country. The Golden Archipelago ‎(CD, Album). ANGLO 039. Shearwater.

God Made Me. Runners of the Sun. Castaways. MusicBrainz: The Golden Archipelago.


A1 Meridian 3:37
A2 Black Eyes 3:40
A3 Landscape At Speed 4:34
A4 Hidden Lakes 3:47
A5 Corridors 2:47
A6 God Made Me 4:23
B1 Runners Of The Sun 2:53
B2 Castaways 3:17
B3 The Silver Bodies 3:13
B4 An Insular Life 3:10
B5 Uniforms 3:50
B6 Missing Islands 2:19
Run-out groove (B7 needs to be chosen manually)
B7 False Sentinel 3:59

Companies, etc.

  • Copyright (c) – Matador Records
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Matador Records
  • Recorded At – Sonic Ranch Studios
  • Recorded At – Public Hi-Fi
  • Recorded At – Elmwood Recording
  • Recorded At – Treeworld
  • Recorded At – Church House Studios
  • Mixed At – Sonic Ranch Studios
  • Mixed At – Public Hi-Fi
  • Mixed At – Elmwood Recording
  • Mastered At – Sterling Sound
  • Lacquer Cut At – Golden Mastering


  • Arranged By [Strings & Winds Arranged By] – Kevin Schneider
  • Artwork – Kahn & Selesnick*
  • Design – Frank Longo, Mark Ohe
  • Engineer [Assistant Engineers] – Brad Bell, Charles Godfrey
  • Mastered By – Greg Calbi
  • Photography By [Albatross/Caraca Photo] – Ali Liddle
  • Producer – John Congleton, Shearwater
  • Recorded By [Additional Recording] – Rob Halverson
  • Recorded By [Strings Recorded By] – David Boyle
  • Recorded By, Mixed By – JC*
  • Songwriter – Jonathan Meiburg, Jordan Geiger, Kevin Schneider, Kimberly Burke*, Thor Harris


Packaged in a gatefold sleeve.

©℗ 2010 Matador Records 304 Hudson NYC 10013

From accompanying digital booklet:
Recorded and mixed by JC at Sonic Ranch, Public Hi-Fi, and Elmwood studios. Assistant engineers Charles Godfrey (Sr.) and Brad Bekk (PHF). Additional rec by Rob Halverson at Treeworld Recording. Strings recorded by David Boyle at Church House. Strings and winds arranged by Kevin Schneider. Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound.
Artwork by Kahn and Selesnick
Albatross/caraca photo by Ali Liddle

Anthem of Bikini Atoll (c) 1946 by Lore Kessibuki
recorded 1998 on Kili by James Tocher
used by kind permission

Includes free MP3 download of album, plus pdf of 52-page full-color dossier.

Tracks B3 & B7 are Bonus tracks
Track durations are not listed on the release.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 7 44861 08611 6
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1 runout): OLE-861-A GOLDEN 18720.1...
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2 runout): OLE-861-B GOLDEN 18720.2...

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
OLE 861-2 Shearwater The Golden Archipelago ‎(CD, Album) Matador OLE 861-2 UK 2010
OLE 861-2 Shearwater The Golden Archipelago ‎(CD, Album, Ltd) Matador OLE 861-2 US 2010
none Shearwater The Golden Archipelago ‎(CDr, Promo) Matador none France 2010
ANGLO 039 Shearwater The Golden Archipelago ‎(CD, Album) UltraPop ANGLO 039 Argentina 2010
OLE 861-2 Shearwater The Golden Archipelago ‎(CD, Album, Ltd, Jew) ООО "Союз Мьюзик" OLE 861-2 Russia 2010

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