A horrible hack

Cemeteries

Barrow

Year Released: 2015
Format: Download
Label: self released
 
Reviewed by Oli Saunders on Feb 9, 2017
It takes until half a minute into the second track for anything to really happen on this record, but it's worth the wait. Cemetaries have an eerie combination of vocals and melody that draw me in. When 'Luna (Moon Of Claiming)' kicks in it gets even better; keyboards tend to make music terrible or add an extra layer and the latter applies here. The dude is literally playing four notes but it adds significantly. A xylophone does similar on the track after. I particularly appreciate the contrast between the modern shoegaze sound and the experimental nature. On Cicada the keyboardist plays a different set of four notes; the track runs for seven minutes of this, with a steady drum beat, until eventually guitars creep in. I haven't understood a single thing the singer has said yet but it's beautiful. This is the sort of track which causes my non CZ friends to avoid talking to me about music, but thankfully there are plenty of other people who do get it. The next track 'I Will Run From You' starts promisingly but doesn't quite work. Soon after, 'Sodus' comes to the rescue as the most obvious hit song on the album (yes, it's got an eighties styles video on youtube). Definitely a record worth sticking on your digital playlist now and then.



9th February 2017

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