Film School
alwaysnever


4.5
superb

Review

by Matt Wolfe EMERITUS
December 5th, 2009 | 74 replies | 16,629 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I Just Turned Into a Gas

That's me on that swing right there. Faceless in the dark, feet raking the earth. It's a warm night for Autumn; no breeze, no rain. Four in the morning so I'll assume I'm alone. But you never know. I've left the headlights on in my car, it lights the scene and reminds me I'm still here. The caramel of the leaves and green glow of the pine do well to both hide and highlight my fading identity. The blue of denim and white of leather are all that's left of me to show. I've barely even blinked for the best part of twenty minutes. Locked in a state of suspended animation. There's a book twenty years thick in my head, and its pages are being turned every other second. Never enough time to register all the words. If you look closely, you can see the dangle of wires from either side of my face. Film School – alwaysnever.

Since discovering this four track EP about six months ago, there has rarely been a 'solitary' night where alwaysnever has not been part of the soundtrack. As far as four am records with street-lights and park benches go, alwaysnever is near faultless. Film School have nailed down, musically, what it means to drift and float, but still remain human. The opener Ms. Connection, with its airy distillation of frustration and freedom, spilling washed out drums and hazy vocals from its fluctuating ambience, sets the shoegazing scene perfectly. It's not restrained; it's controlled with room to explore. The next two tracks, Activated and p.s, are not quite as clouded in shoegaze fog, but even with their more traditional indie approaches they still hit the sweet spot of active stillness; like bolted passengers staring out of a train window.

alwaysnever ends with my favourite closer of just about any EP. I Just Turned Into a Gas is something you simply need to hear, whether bumming at home or alone in the park at night. Its opening piano which somehow manages to penetrate to the core while simultaneously soothing the wound, its fragile, believable lyrics and vocals resonating from all angles, its beautifully implosive, tidal climax, washing you inside out and beating the breath from your lungs, yet somehow managing to stop your face from moving a muscle. It all comes together to create a gorgeous, if temporary, solution to a permanent problem. alwaysnever makes it so that the open page in your book of thoughts is unturned for just that extra second needed to make sense of it all.

But charlesfishowitz said it better than I ever could right here anyway. http://slaysfordays.blogspot.com/2009/04/film-school-alwaysnever.html



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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 5th 2009



14983 Comments


review is so weird lol

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
December 5th 2009



862 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album art is pretty much essential to review but its being fucking gay.

also, rusty.

Piglet
December 5th 2009



4651 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sounds naise.

Kiran
Emeritus
December 5th 2009



6000 Comments


glad to see you reviewing again!

kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 5th 2009



4938 Comments


ya come on matt wolfe, i've almost caught up to you

joshuatree
Emeritus
December 5th 2009



3743 Comments


nice a mtf review

i had this at one point but never really listened to it

robin
Emeritus
December 5th 2009



4241 Comments


hey look its the 3-staff-family

rasputin
December 5th 2009



14512 Comments


record rules. ms connection is heavenly.

AggravatedYeti
December 5th 2009



7684 Comments


I really hate this band. Loved the opening paragraph, welcome back.

PuddlesPuddles
December 5th 2009



4763 Comments


Band has always been just alright for me, but I'll check this out...maybe this is their big hit for me

And review is awesome and weird, I dig it

Jips
December 5th 2009



1129 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for reviewing FS, nice to see them getting some attention on the NIK, i too have recently discovered this band, but i only have their two full lengths... is this better, or about the same?

MaskAtTheMasquerade
December 5th 2009



2887 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Superb review/album

kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 5th 2009



4938 Comments


i've got hideout and it's pretty good. might ive this a shot

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
December 5th 2009



862 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is so so so much better than hideout (and anything else they've done), definitely give it a shot.

Waior
December 5th 2009



11425 Comments


qwe recommends! will give a listen.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 5th 2009



17920 Comments


listened to this while walking around at 3 in the morning once but idr what it sounded like

qwe3
December 6th 2009



21353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is beautiful. first and last tracks are perfect

YouAreMySilence
December 6th 2009



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Never heard of them but really intrigued.

qwe3
December 6th 2009



21353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yah you'd like this

cirq
December 6th 2009



9263 Comments


i cant find it anywhere :'(



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