Turn left, turn right: which will turn out to be The Rightful Pivot? You only have so many chances, as this 8 track record will only be pressed 500 times. Enablers are back with their noisy and unsettling rock that reminds of the Shipping News and June of 44. Get on it if you want to roll of the charts.
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- The Rightful Pivot by Enablers
7/10 Robin Staff review, 25 March 2015
Swans will be the quick sell for Enablers, considering ex-member Joe Goldring is behind the noodling that navigates this record through the waters. Noodling is the operative word, though, and this record strikes more as a pleasant rehash of the ideas laid down by Slint and then gruesomely repurposed by Steve Albini’s Shellac. Enablers’ music meets at a cross-section of Pete Simonelli’s plainly spoken poetry and a mathy post-rock wasteland.
Whether you like ‘The Rightful Pivot’ will come down to what you think of Simonelli as a protagonist. His voice is gentle and subtle, occasionally reaching a grumbling low brood -- though he occasionally rises above the music and lyrics are delivered with a frenzied energy. Simonelli is excellent at reading the atmosphere around him, replicating minuscule drum fills by uttering one word or phrase at a time before quietly retreating. He feels a part of the ambience at times, and when singing proper comes in, it feels like a startling addition, as it does on the epic “Look”.
Like forebears Slint, these dudes seem to understand that this kind of music needs not be obtrusive or insistent. ‘The Rightful Pivot’ is best when sly, the guitars stretching out notes as if there’s something lurking around the corner. Occasionally it misses this mark and delivers something like “Solo”, which is noisier, thrashing about like a looser Shellac cut; these moments seem to soften, though, for something more meandering and sly. It’s all been done before, but Enablers are proficient.
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