Enablers are San Franciscan post-rock band, musically following in the traditions of Slint, but very much as vehicle for the spoken word poetry of Pete Simonelli. They also feature Swans guitarist, Joe Goldring. Zones is the band’s sixth album, and first in four years. On Lancashire and Somerset.
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LP on Lancashire and Somerset. Comes in reverse board sleeve with insert.
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Enablers are an American post-rock group whose keystone and centrepiece is the spoken-word poetry of vocalist Pete Simonelli. Stories of cold, urban landscapes, casts of "players" as discussed on 'Even It's Lies', and dissections of the human condition. This is reinforced by the guitar of Joe Goldring who's been in Swans, among other things. I suppose if you want to be pithy about it, then Enablers are a more small-scale, less evil version of that particular band.
Although Zones functions in part as a vehicle for Simonelli's poetry I think the music deserves a mention. I love the chillingly sparse guitar lines on 'Even Its Lies' and the shape-shifting time signatures of 'In McCullin's Photograph'.
This is an uncompromising album. There are dissonant harmonies, noise rock backing, stories of war and "white-hot" skies. The music constantly shifts, over which Tremonelli wails, growls, intones, and shouts.
I suppose if I had one criticism is that this album is a little monotone in that they reiterate a certain formula a few times but when it sounds this good, who cares?
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