Just Another Thing That Got Ruined.
I’ve had this in my playlist for 5-6 months now, and every time I went by it I was like, that Mines record, what’s it called? Some long title with a bunch of regular words, oh well, I guess it’ll say on the inside when I get around to playing it.
But it doesn’t! The title isn’t anywhere in the artwork, on the cover, label, or insert. The back cover says “Voice Leading” which isn’t the title. The insert has the lyrics with no spaces or punctuation and the songs not in order. Guys, seriously, who do you think you are, Cicero? (Latin joke.) I mean why bother? Are you trying to make a statement about the futility of language or rules or something? Or trying to hide that your lyrics suck? I mean maybe they don’t, I gave up after the first song. Also - no credits. I really dig the distinctively big, murkily distinct production on this record. Who did it? Don’t know!
Also - no track listing. Gotta get that from bandcamp. Annoying.
But anyway maybe the point is to throw the focus onto the music. Ok, that’s fair. Except why do a vinyl then? Dang. For what it’s worth, while I don’t understand their artistic choices with the visual aspects of the record, I think the music is good. Flitting dangerously close to the “S word” that makes my ears turn off (the s word is shoegaze), they never descend into that style’s hallmark lassitudinous apathy, throwing signifiers of various unexpected styles in at strategic points and never shying away from a catchy song.