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The Televangelist And The Architect – Expecting Nothing Out Of Everything

Cat. No.: SA-992
Release Date: November 16, 2010
Format: CD

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Tracklist (click on track to stream audio):

  1. Leaving Where We Left Off
  2. Black Lies
  3. Within Reality
  4. The Constant State
  5. A Centered Self (No. 2)
  6. The Years Abroad
  7. This Broken Record
  8. A Marriage Of Inconvenience
  9. We Were Disinformed
  10. Take Control


The Noise

Jerry Chen, the man behind The Televangelist and the Architect, has come up with another mostly winning record that helps cement his place as one of the oddest and most underappreciated songsmiths in town. Each of his records has had a different feel from the others; this one draws its inspiration from film, starting with the music itself and working its way down to every inch of the packaging, which is designed to look like a movie poster and a screen play. This album features an emphasis on strings and piano, which gives the music a more grandiose feel than Chen’s previous work. There are times when it’s a little too over-the-top, but at its best, the record sounds like something a more fucked-up Bright Eyes or Cursive would make if they didn’t care at all about attracting sensitive girls.

– Kevin Finn


The third full-length release from The Televangelist And The Architect. This band is the project created by Jerry Chen…a young man who seems to approach music from his own unique perspective. Chen spent more than three years recording Expecting Nothing Out of Everything…and the process ended up being so intense and time-consuming that he let his band disintegrate and he stopped playing live (but note that with the release of this album he is hoping to return to live performances sometime in the near future). So…where does this album fit in out there in the real world…? Actually…it doesn’t really seem to fit anywhere because the overall vibe and sound of the songs is peculiar and different. Although traditional pop instruments are utilized, Chen is surprisingly creative with the arrangements. And the songs themselves–while generally pop in nature–are by no means standard and predictable. We can’t really compare this to any other specific artist or band because it seems to exist squarely on its own merits. If you’re looking for an instant fix, this probably isn’t it. But if you’re looking for an album that will be more and more interesting over the course of ten, twenty, or thirty spins…then you may just end up falling in love with this album (like we did). Compelling and unusual music…and the artwork is totally killer. TOP PICK.