And then there are the esoteric carillon bells will be featured on their second album. After the garage tour, Manger took me upstairs and played several scavenged carillon keyboards that look just like pianos. Not all the keys and notes work — they are (no joke) being repaired by a Ukrainian electrician who used to work in the Soviet space program — but that doesn't stop Manger from snatching up and reselling these clumsy, half-working collector's items on eBay. (One such customer was Faith No More/Mr. Bungle/Faxed Head guitarist Trey Spruance, who drove from California to pick one up from Manger.)

Because the recording process is so complex and layered with odd instrumentation, it has taken Carillons 2 1/2 years to complete enough songs for a full-length. "It's embarrassing how much time it has taken to get this far. Sometimes, you just ask yourself what's the opportunity cost of this," Graf says. "What if I just joined a regular band and played a four-piece rock song? At some point, you just decide that I've gotten this far and I'm going to finish it, no matter what it takes."

Carillons fills vast, empty soundscapes with archaic instruments.
Michaela Severn
Carillons fills vast, empty soundscapes with archaic instruments.

Whenever Carillons release its album, I'll be waiting — with bells on.

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