Bark Psychosis
Codename: Dustsucker


4.5
superb

Review

by Gortholomew Sombodom USER (11 Reviews)
October 19th, 2008 | 35 replies | 10,123 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The best post-rock album since, well... Bark Psychosis's previous major release.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

When a band produces a highly influential and groundbreaking album, all efforts released afterwards are going to be compared to that work no matter how different or unrelated the two are. With post-rock/shoegaze outfit Bark Psychosis fronted by Graham Sutton, their landmark album was Hex. Supposedly a pioneering force in the realm of post-rock and one of the first to be coined the term, though admittedly sharing little similarity with modern contemporaries and being more along the lines of Talk Talk’s Laughing Stock, Hex turned out to be one of the most successful debuts to ever hit the genre. After setting the bar so high, one could only expect a sophomore slump.

Well... a lot can change after a ten year hiatus. After having several members drop off the Bark Psychosis roster due to the tremendous stress involved in creating Hex and Sutton taking time out to record under his drum’n’bass moniker Boymerang, Sutton finally reassembled a completely new lineup to record this breathtaking giant, Codename: Dustsucker. The album continues in the same vein of its predecessor’s dreamy blend of shoegaze, jazz, and post-rock, while throwing in some refreshing new elements and polished production.

One of Codename’s most welcoming characteristics is its retention of the debut’s unrivaled chill factor. This album is, quite simply, silky smooth. The flow of the first four tracks is so fluid that it’s uncanny. “From What Is Said To When It’s Read” opens up the album with a slow-burning exercise in ethereal guitar and vocal layering, then slips into the jazzy “The Black Meat,” drifts into the sinister “Miss Abuse,” and slides into the breezy “400 Winters” before you know it. The song structures themselves are enough to behold. Gone are the meandering airy passages that manifested themselves in Hex, and in their place are seamless transitions and dense atmospheres. In “The Black Meat,” the band weaves through a jazzy, reverb-laden section complete with slick drumming courtesy of Talk Talk’s own Lee Harris, soon coming to an abrupt halt just before the full band comes in with keys, acoustic guitars, and a muted trumpet solo that all eventually melts into a cascade of ambient synths.

While ultimately relaxing as a whole, Codename isn’t without its share of unsettling moments. The brief interlude of “Dr. Innocuous-Ketamoid” signals the coming of a darker, somewhat more disturbing second half. “INQB8TR,” the album’s centerpiece, rests on subtle dynamic increases of intensity that rise and fall like a tide before an oncoming storm. Scattered about the album is a lingering industrial influence, such as the pounding rhythm, noisy feedback-ridden guitar solo, and haunting outro of “Shapeshifting.” Closing out the album is “Rose,” a track that begins with an unnerving minimalistic intro before keys shift it into a mournful light, the only lyrics being a repetition of a woman saying “vertrauen mir,” or “trust me.”

Codename: Dustsucker meets and exceeds the standards set by its seminal ancestor and stands as a testament to Graham Sutton’s ability to craft dreamy soundscapes and execute them flawlessly. It’s a shame that this album is so criminally overlooked, because the myriad of Explosions-ripping soft-to-loud bands could definitely learn a thing or two from this.



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2008



17200 Comments


sweet review. sounds like I'd like this.

Doppelganger
October 19th 2008



3124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I struggle with writing reviews longer than 15 words, obviously.

badtaste
October 20th 2008



824 Comments


Solid review. Length is fine, I like em nice and concise.

BallsToTheWall
October 23rd 2008



44164 Comments


Oh shit, how did I miss this? Great review, will check tomorrow.

Doppelganger
October 26th 2008



3124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yeah more people kind of need this other than those fags who gave this a 3

Zanders
September 25th 2010



709 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm absolutely in love with this album right now.

Zanders
February 1st 2011



709 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

*Double post*

I find it sad how overlooked this album is when their album Hex is so often praised. I actually think this album is just as good. In fact, I might like it better.


eternium
February 9th 2011



16307 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Soooooooooooooo relaxing and chill.

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
January 29th 2012



3663 Comments


This has more of a jazzy feel than "Hex"

Rules, btw also

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2012



18098 Comments


got this yesterday hope its as good as hex

Digging: Devastation - Idolatry

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
January 29th 2012



3663 Comments


All the way through

minty901
April 12th 2012



1963 Comments


can't wait to get this. im gonna let hex sink in for a little while longer before i do though. hex is sitting on a 4.0 but it could easily go up with a few more listens. its amosphere is unrivalled.

minty901
May 6th 2012



1963 Comments


k just listened to this for the first time, all the way through, on a long night drive. wow, this is nothing like hex. that was post-rock/jazz. this is prog through and through. has a lot more in common with pink floyd than it does talk talk. pretty amazing. it's a shame these guys didn't put out more albums, else they just might have overthrown porcupine tree as the heroes of modern progressive.

this is definitely a lot less accessible than hex. more weird and quirky. seems like i'll have to be in the right mood to listen to it. hex was best in certain moods but it was so smooth you could listen at any time. codename is a lot more jarring, in a good way.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2012



18098 Comments


agreed

HSThomas
May 6th 2012



668 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

me too and three.

eternium
May 6th 2012



16307 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They aren't even comparable.

Graveyard
May 6th 2012



5601 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

two totally different albums

Graveyard
August 7th 2012



5601 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dat bass on miss abuse....

evilford
August 8th 2012



21287 Comments


great album. unfortunate album name tho

Digging: Slugathor - Echoes from Beneath

evilford
August 8th 2012



21287 Comments


you like the name?



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