It must be something about the dark days of winter that these guys want to capitalize on, with their quiet, melancholy, and perfectly fine-tuned electronic music. Finnish ambient post-rockers The Gentleman Losers already put out one of our favorite albums of 2018. Make We Here Our Camp of Winter continues in the same vein but, not unlike my personal life, is a bit emptier, bleaker, and slower.
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The Gentlemen Losers are a Finnish duo who make a delicious post-rock/minimal electronica/lo-fi hybrid, which is to say, many of the things we hold dear to our hearts here at Norman. 'Make We Here Our Camp Of Winter' is their fourth studio album. Though still coherent, the collection of songs feel like sketches and extended ideas rather than fully-formed pieces. There's a fragility and a fallibility not only to the music but to the recordings as well. For example, opener 'Shelter From The Rain' has an undercurrent of burbling white noise that sounds like a rainstorm crashing in the distance. This works well because it corresponds to how the album sounds: worn, tired, rough around the edges. Another record that has this quality is Nick Cave's sublime 'Skeleton Tree'.
On this record, the Gentlemen Losers are masters of staying with a particular motif and following it to a natural end. 'Kingdom of the Wind' has a chiming, plaintive guitar line that plays for its entirety; it would sound mantra-like if it wasn't so fractured and occasionally obscured by other instruments.
It's sometimes easy to gauge where and in what circumstances an album was made. 'Make We Here Our Camp In Winter' sounds like it was made in a cabin by a lake in Finland and whaddya know, that's exactly right. The album is like an aural representation of that tiny fragment of civilisation in the midst of cold, unforgiving nature. Crystalline, tangible structures surrounded by huge, roaring backdrops.
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