Heinali And Matt Finney
Conjoined


4.5
superb

Review

by B R A N D O N S C O T T USER (103 Reviews)
November 17th, 2010 | 20 replies | 6,352 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: the most wonderful case of "oops they did it again"

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

2010 has certainly proved to be a busy year for Matt Finney and his Ukrainian collaborator Heinali; released early this year was the duo's first joint effort, The Town Line EP, an adventurous excursion into post-rock influenced ambient that earned rave reviews not only through the eclectic yet, touching compositions of Heinali, but also through the truly throught provoking prose strongly spoken by Finney. As if one excellent wasn't enough, June saw the release of the collaboration's second work, The Lemonade EP. Introducing a darker tone with Finney's decidedly more personal lyrics and Heinali's almost complete reversal into ambient infused post-rock, The Lemonade EP cemented the fact that Heinali/Finney partnership could rest assured that they did the year right.

What many of us fans didn't realize, is that they weren't done with the year just quite yet.

Although a far cry from the serene, classical ambient inspired compositions of The Town Line EP, Conjoined is still very much a natural progression of Heinali's previous work; building off what he had started with the Lemonade EP, Conjoined continues the composer's trend of progressively creating darker and darker pieces. "A Chant" introduces the the juxtaposition of cold, drone metal influenced guitars and emotionally charged waves of heartwarming atmospherics, a combination that while risky, inevitably pays off in large dividends. While tracks like "Under God's Heaven" and "Conjoined" (which ironically sounds like it would belong perfectly on The Town Line EP) reveal Heinali's soft spot for beautifully melancholic textures, Conjoined is darker still; "Postcard" stumbles forward blindly in a disarrayed state of schizophrenic panic and closing track "Lifetime" explores the harsh, repetitive static of ambient noise.

Lyrically Cojoined doesn't so noticeably target specific "subjects" as The Town Line EP and The Lemonade EP did; on this album Matt Finney targets everything. Always with a solemn conviction, the words of Finney ring with nothing but resonating, emotional chime. "Under God's Heaven" is heavily focused on the mishandling of a generation where Finney mutters in contempt: "Believe in distance. Believe in silence. We're a nation of grown men filming teenagers being ***ed like dogs. We're a nation of dead birds." Reigning in to more personal matters, "Conjoined" is a relaetable tale of self-doubt: "I sat there thinking about who I had failed most recently and I wondered if they even noticed".

Conjoined is certainly the most developed Heinali and Matt Finney collaboration as of yet; the former contributor has truly expanded upon the work on the previous albums, creating musical landscapes of the highest pedigree while the latter's honest delivery could very well have you in a mess of tears. And while the third Heinali and Matt Finney collaboration of the year is unquestionably their best release yet, one question does still remain; how's it coming on the fourth split guys?



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TheSpirit
November 17th 2010



17719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

these guys don't know how to make a bad album.

Digging: Venus Star - Nigredo Expulsion

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2010



16134 Comments


Nice review broseph. Might pick this one up.

Think you're missing an "and" in the opening sentence.

TheSpirit
November 17th 2010



17719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Fixed and thanks.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2010



16134 Comments


Found a couple more:

mutters in contempt:"Believe in distance.


Need a space in here.

one question does still remain; hows it coming


And an apostrophe in "hows."

Bitchfork
November 17th 2010



7584 Comments


When you gon review my ambient bitch

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2010



31085 Comments


Fuckin getting this

Digging: Banks - Goddess

Bitchfork
November 18th 2010



7584 Comments


Are you now?

TheSpirit
November 18th 2010



17719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Maybe if you give this a high rating I'll review your ambient... Or better yet your black metal

Bitchfork
November 18th 2010



7584 Comments


oh shi gon go email you that track about yanking teef check your eemz in 5.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 18th 2010



31085 Comments


Are you now?


No, fooled you

Bitchfork
November 18th 2010



7584 Comments


You certainly did. Are you... clairvoyant..?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 18th 2010



31085 Comments


That's not what a clairvoyant does....

Don't you have to go and find puberty or something?

Bitchfork
November 18th 2010



7584 Comments


Are you... fat?

pizzamachine
November 18th 2010



12571 Comments


through the truly through provoking prose

pizzamachine asks you to delete the bold word.

TheSpirit
November 23rd 2010



17719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yeah deviant you need this especially if you like Lemonade

Bitchfork
November 23rd 2010



7584 Comments


got this!

TheSpirit
November 23rd 2010



17719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

glad to see you actually like it!!

Bitchfork
November 23rd 2010



7584 Comments


is ok

TheSpirit
November 29th 2010



17719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yea

TheSpirit
February 14th 2011



17719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

c'mon guys this needs ratings!!



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