A period of transition? Maybe. A wasted opportunity? Not at all.
Mogwai eschews clichés in favor of emotional integrity and accuracy.
Here is a man faced with the realities of adulthood.
The ebb and flow of the album certainly makes the product feel oceanic, and Envy deliver every shift with an emotional gut punch.
There’s a lurking, serpentine predator out there and it’s 11 tracks long.
Forsyth Gardens is expansive, fragmented and ultimately dull.
Cascade lacks the surprise of Basinski's more adventurous sonic juxtapositions and modulations, remaining instead in the original groove and varying most by shifting dynamics.
[xrr rating=3.75/5]Quick musical conspiracy theory: Nick Zammuto is the world’s most advanced robot. His technology was probably made with other things in mind, but like any good A.I. story, Zammuto has found his own path in music, away from his corporate overlords who created him. The meshing between man and machine was certainly on display in Zammuto’s last album. That …
[xrr rating=2.0/5]The Next Four Years has a pretty good gimmick: it tells the story of a developing hardcore band, from its first grimy tape to a late-career dalliance in post-rock experimentation. Frontman Geoff Rickly, formerly of Thursday, has described United Nations as a sort of conceptual joke, and he leads a crew of faceless and mostly anonymous contributors to this …
[xrr rating=4.0/5]William Basinski has built a career out of ephemerality, or at least its illusion. Where once he traded in bare repetition, the release of the Disintegration Loops in the wake of 9/11 revitalized his career by focusing on the death of sound, decay and dust cluttering his post-2000 recordings. Melancholia, re-released this year by Temporary Residence Ltd., is perhaps …