-
neumu
Thursday, November 23, 2017 
-
-
--archival-captured-cinematronic-continuity error-daily report-datastream-depth of field--
-
--drama-44.1 khz-gramophone-inquisitive-needle drops-picture book-twinklepop--
-
Neumu = Art + Music + Words
Search Neumu:  

illustration
44.1kHz = music reviews

edited by michael goldbergcontact




Editor's note: We have activated the Neumu 44.1 kHz Archive. Use the link at the bottom of this list to access hundreds of Neumu reviews.

+ Donato Wharton - Body Isolations
+ Svalastog - Woodwork
+ Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet
+ Rosy Parlane - Jessamine
+ Jarvis Cocker - The Jarvis Cocker Record
+ Múm - Peel Session
+ Deloris - Ten Lives
+ Minimum Chips - Lady Grey
+ Badly Drawn Boy - Born In The U.K.
+ The Hold Steady - Boys And Girls Together
+ The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes
+ The Places - Songs For Creeps
+ Camille - Le Fil
+ Wolf Eyes - Human Animal
+ Christina Carter - Electrice
+ The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
+ Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
+ Various Artists - Musics In The Margin
+ Rafael Toral - Space
+ Bob Dylan - Modern Times
+ Excepter - Alternation
+ Chris Thile - How To Grow A Woman From The Ground
+ Brad Mehldau - Live in Japan
+ M Ward - Post-War
+ Various Artists - Touch 25
+ The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
+ The White Birch - Come Up For Air
+ Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
+ Coachwhips - Double Death
+ Various Artists - Tibetan And Bhutanese Instrumental And Folk Music, Volume 2
+ Giuseppe Ielasi - Giuseppe Ielasi
+ Cex - Actual Fucking
+ Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
+ Leafcutter John - The Forest And The Sea
+ Carla Bozulich - Evangelista
+ Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Always Greener
+ Robin Guthrie - Continental
+ Peaches - Impeach My Bush
+ Oakley Hall - Second Guessing
+ Klee - Honeysuckle
+ The Court & Spark - Hearts
+ TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
+ Awesome Color - Awesome Color
+ Jenny Wilson - Love And Youth
+ Asobi Seksu - Citrus
+ Marsen Jules - Les Fleurs
+ The Moore Brothers - Murdered By The Moore Brothers
+ Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
+ The 1900s - Plume Delivery EP
+ Alejandro Escovedo - The Boxing Mirror
+ Function - The Secret Miracle Fountain
+ Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
+ Loscil - Plume
+ Boris - Pink
+ Deadboy And The Elephantmen - We Are Night Sky
+ Glissandro 70 - Glissandro 70
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #2)
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #1)
+ The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
+ The Glass Family - Sleep Inside This Wheel
+ Various Artists - Songs For Sixty Five Roses
+ The Fiery Furnaces - Bitter Tea
+ Motorpsycho - Black Hole/Blank Canvas
+ The Red Krayola - Introduction
+ Metal Hearts - Socialize
+ American Princes - Less And Less
+ Sondre Lerche And The Faces Down Quartet - Duper Sessions
+ Supersilent - 7
+ Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
+ Dudley Perkins - Expressions
+ Growing - Color Wheel
+ Red Carpet - The Noise Of Red Carpet
+ The Essex Green - Cannibal Sea
+ Espers - II
+ Wilderness - Vessel States

44.1 kHz Archive



peruse archival
snippet
    
artist
Zelienople
recording
Sleeper Coach
Loose Thread
snippet
rating


The murky, ambient dreamscapes on Zelienople's second album recall the drifting, space-rock detritus of early Labradford, underpinned by loose songs relayed through the blurry whispers and murmurs of Matt Christensen's vocals. But this Chicago quartet's music also reaches further back, to the atmospheric post-punk austerity of The Cure (circa Faith) and Joy Division. If Sleeper Coach is far less emotionally explicit than either of these forbears, there is still a discernable dynamic, a momentum typified by hollow-sounding basslines reverberating beneath the greyed-out wash of ambient sound.

Zelienople's music isn't expressed through any sense of urgency, but rather a slow, considered series of expositions that maintain a distance between what is being played and what we're hearing through a persistent semi-opaqueness of character. Depending on your viewpoint, this either lends the music a sense of mystery or obscures it with some needlessly oblique window-dressing. But providing your expectations harmonize with the band's outlook, what you get is seductive, slow-mo melancholia submerged in a dense, sensory aura.

Within its isolation-tank world the band traces sparse, pulsating rhythms, sometimes, as on "Sea Bastards," with an air of graceful detachment, elsewhere with a more focused groove — "Softkiller" and "Dr Brilliant" convey a sense of inexorability in spite of their spectral arrangements. "Underneath" reverberates more abstractly, while the instrumental "Corner Lost" beats out a distant march like a ghostly echo of Joy Division's "The Eternal."

On occasion the tendency towards abstraction dominates completely and the band dissolves into an amorphous mass of sound, but even here the music retains an organic character, with loose drone sounds and clusters of guitar notes hanging together in a kind of stasis. The sound throughout is fluid, certainly with an improvised spirit, even as the tracks come together in their individual arrangements. There are elements that seem almost familiar, even comforting, amid the blank, ambient noise, such as the folk-guitar melody running through "Don't Be Lonely" and the gentle lullaby quality of "Ship That Goes Down," helping to provide a connection between the dreamlike siren call of the band's songs and the gentle, rippling movement of abstract flurries.


by Tom Ridge




-
-snippetcontactsnippetcontributorssnippetvisionsnippethelpsnippetcopyrightsnippetlegalsnippetterms of usesnippetThis site is Copyright © 2003 Insider One LLC
-