Abandon – Abandon

Posted: 13/01/2014 in Album Review
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Is “slowcore” even a thing? Does it actually exist, or is it just another tiresome neologism to avoid just admitting it’s indie-rock? It has a particularly untantalising Wikipedia entry. It’s not even that new either.

Worry not; the Codeine style is dressed down. This season is all Spiderland pyjamas.

It would be easy to throw the book at Abandon for making a long, ponderous and aggressively one-dimensional album. But that is surely the point. No one is going to seriously focus on every nuance of every song. There exists moments where a subdued yet epic album is a necessary backdrop. That’s is where Abandon comes in. Unambiguous and appropriate, fuelling your subconscious.

There are some standout moments: ‘A Dark Room Filled With Light’ with its ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’ riff is both the albums darkest and finest moment and certainly the closest it gets to heavy. ‘Deep Within The Earth’ is Jesu with half the faders down.

You sense there is a temptation to go all quiet/loud at points. They avoid that. Too obvious, and It would create too much attention anyway. You’re not actually listening are you?

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