A horrible hack



Year Released: 2013
Format: CD
Label: self released
Reviewed by C. Kuzmiski on Jan 28, 2014
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 in pyjamas dahling. It would be easy to throw the book at Abandon for making a long, pondering and aggressively one-dimensional album. That is surely the point though. No one is going to seriously focus on every nuance of every song. There exists moments in life where you need a subdued yet epic album as a 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 pulled 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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