The lungs + strums behind Chicago's Zelienople focuses his songwriting inward for a new LP on Miasmah. This time he focuses intently on foggy, sunken songs that make heavy use of reverbed, slow guitar jangles, dripping drum machines, his soft vocal tones and silence. A nice, airy treat for battered eardrums.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 08 December 2016
Ah the world is too busy. Especially where I sit in my work chair. There's the bell, the other bell, the work phone, my personal phone, the people shouting and running. Listening to this third solo album by Zelienope's Matt Christensen I start to re-learn why the best things in life take time. Christensen doesn't rush. He creates a kind of blank canvas shoegaze that takes it's time in the same slow burning way as Slowdive's 'Pygmalion'. Words are uttered at varying intervals as he toys around with soft electronics and shards of Talk Talk like guitar figures.
Though it has the same structures as 'Sprit of Eden' it's more of an electronic/ambient piece with soft delicate tones and subtle beats but twangy guitar is evident especially on 'The Stage Says No' which takes several minutes for Christensen's breathy, affected voice to wander into the mix.
On initial listening I'd highly recommend this to fans of Talk Talk, David Sylvian, Bark Psychosis and Slowdive. It's been some time since I've heard anyone truly nail this kind of disparate, desolate sound and here with a keen use of space Christensen is coming very close.
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