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"The Top Songs of 2004"

#8 The List Exists - "Barcelona"

The comparisons to Sigur Ros and Radiohead are unavoidable, but why is that such a bad thing? The musicianship and creativity are top-notch and lead singer Matt Lajoie's voice is getting sweeter and stronger by the minute. They're like Sunny Day Real Estate (think LP2) in that I have no idea what Matt is saying most of the time, but the sounds are so beautiful that it doesn't really matter.

- Flip Your Shit

"Warming Up The Future (Asobi Seksu, Grand Habit, and The List Exists)"

[...] It was bracing to see a young band who know how to combine all the elements for a compelling whole. A sign that they’re headed in the right direction was their closing song, “Barcelona.” The strongest song of their set, it was too new to have been included on the three-song CD they were offering for sale.

[...] It’s nice that Saratoga Springs has a venue that looks to what’s around the corner and what lies ahead, rather than the cavalcade of nostalgia that tends to be the norm for most stages in the city. - Metroland (New York)

"The List Exists"

Opening up for Spouse at their SPACE release show this Friday are the List Exists, who, like Spouse, hail from Bowdoin College. Of course, Spouse graduated nearly a decade ago, and the List Exists are still students, but when Spouse was doing a little going home again and played up in Brunswick the List dropped Jose Ayerve a disc and scored a gig playing down in Northampton, which scored them a gig opening for Spouse. As for the List’s sound, it’s a warm digital vibe, with arching high vocals and a relaxed pace; a Portishead single slowed down to 33 rpm. - Portland Phoenix

"The List Exists EP review"

The List Exists provide an engaging sound but their particular brand of 'dream pop' is a little bit too heavy on the 'dream' and too light on the 'pop' for my tastes. The atmospheric nature of the songs is good and [...] where the band does play to its strengths and combines its dreamy sequences with a light pop touch, the results are highly effective. - Mangoneworld


2004: Barcelona EP
1) Inside Alone
2) Barcelona
3) A New Western History
4) 4880
5) Sea of Fools
6) Making Parachutes for the War

The List Exists EP
1) Film Noir Love Story
2) Leon
3) Air Song


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Elaborating on the standard guitar/bass/drums formula, Boston-based THE LIST EXISTS utilize everything from Wurlitzer, synths, trumpet, loops, samples, and programmed drums to create their unique dream-pop sound. Falling somewhere between the sweeping post-rock of Sigur Ros, the ambient electronic pop of Air, and the shoegazing intensity of My Bloody Valentine, THE LIST EXISTS have been building a fan base throughout the Northeast since late 2003. Their rigorous tour schedule has included shows at The Middle East and T.T. the Bear’s in Boston, and Sin-e and Arlene’s Grocery in New York.
THE LIST EXISTS’ first album, Barcelona EP (released in March 2004), was called, “[F]ull and stimulating, mellow and intriguing, but overall, something you have to hear for yourself” by the
Bowdoin Orient, and likened to “a Portishead single slowed down to 33 rpm” by the Portland Phoenix. Their second, self-titled EP (released in October 2004) was named “Best Demo of 2004” by American Brothers, and the opening track from the album was featured prominently on, making “Film Noir Love Story” the number one most downloaded track on the website for the month of November. In January, the song was featured on KEXP (Seattle) DJ John Richards’ “The Morning Show”, where he named THE LIST EXISTS “Your New Favorite Band”.