The Emerald Down, Aquarium EP; A Study in Her, Auto-Amputation
The Emerald Down again makes a strong statement for the return of everyone’s most beloved staring-at-our-feet music with its Aquarium EP. But TED ups the ante with its new offering, relying less on its influences and unleashing more of its ambitions. Losing much of its effects, much of its overprocessing, Aquarium shows The Emerald Down breaking into its own with a more stripped-down approach, but still with a keen eye toward creating yet more stunningly beautiful music. Much interest should be garnered by a hopefully soon-to-be-released full-length.
A Study in Hera collective or band or something (nobody told us)has released something quite brilliant in Auto-Amputation, an album that spans about 4,000 songwriting genres, all of which we will place, very closed-mindedly into the category of ‘shoegazing.’ After all, there’s a heavy, heady influence of MBV all over it. And Slowdive even Chapterhouse! Of course, to be totally honest here, Chapterhouse never quite got this good: Sorry. All of these statements are, unfortunately, too limiting, since A Study in Her eases quite often into more experimental electro (read: Prima Donnas, Suicide) as well. And with a healthy sense of humor too. A Study in Her: amorphous, but very engaging. And it sounds like they probably don’t really care what we think about it, either.
[ TED site | TED MP3 | ASIH site | ASIH MP3 ]