Past Lives
Tapestry of Webs


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
February 18th, 2010 | 72 replies | 10,037 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is no reincarnation.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

I’m not even going to mention their past. In this specific case, I don’t find it particularly necessary. On Tapestry of Webs, Past Lives reveal a marked detraction from it; and that’s about all you need to know with that subject. Tapestry of Webs is an album to behold, an eclectic and release that has you concentrating on every “oooooooohh oh oh.” Every buzz is impressed with tension, and eventually builds this ominous eruption. Tapestry of Webs is a bit jarring and almost menacing at times, but they don’t forget to put a little meaning and purpose behind it, too. They successfully toe the line between "interesting" and plain old "self-indulgence." Past Lives seem to have mastered this quality where they take a diverse array of eclectic qualities, mash them together forcefully, and they come out cohesive somehow. Song after song, the post-punk concoction lures you deep into the abyss with groovy rhythm sections and convoluted lyrics, but it’s soon evident that there’s more to Past Lives than first meets the eye.

Tapestry has more ups and downs than that roller-coaster that always made you sick as a kid (but you went on anyway, of course, because it was so fun). The jangly horns, skittish guitars, a clarinet, and even an organ all add to this sentiment. Past Lives display a wide array of diversity on Tapestry of Webs, but many times the most riveting facet is Jordan Blilie’s vocal work. Instead of chaos and complexity, we’re spoon-fed restraint and moderation. His croon is temperate, save for a few abrupt eruptions throughout. And the best part is, he’s right here. The resonance of “Hex Takes Hold” and “K Hole” give the distinct impression that Jordan Blilie is only feet away, and Past Lives draws you nearer and nearer with every development on the way to each subsequent finale. Catchy or dissonant, Past Lives make it enjoyable, even if it is pretty harrowing at times.

The roller-coaster of Tapestry of Webs is definitely jarring, exciting, and elusive at times. There’s surprises round every corner- expecting a lull? You get a scream- expecting a chorus? Here’s a quirky horn section for you. It has its down-moments, of course, but for the vast majority of their latest, Past Lives commands that you be on the edge of your seat. Never too eclectic for its own good either, Past Lives’ know when to stop at the edge and not go overboard. Honestly, I have no theory about where Past Lives is going next, up or down, left or right- but I kinda like it that way.

And finally, to quote the accurate sentiments of a past Past Lives review: “Hell yes does it live up to The Blood Brothers and then some.”



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SeaAnemone
February 18th 2010



18753 Comments


Released on February 23, streaming on their site here: http://www.pastliveslife.com/

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2010



17911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you suck for not mentioning the bassist

SeaAnemone
February 18th 2010



18753 Comments


I di'int feel like it. sorry for the shitty review.

Calculate
February 18th 2010



1135 Comments


OOH new PL! woohoo, would never have known if it wasn't for you babe.

SeaAnemone
February 18th 2010



18753 Comments


your welcome. hope you like it

poopty
February 18th 2010



319 Comments


****

KritikalMotion
February 18th 2010



2259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wtf i didnt even know about this

SeaAnemone
February 18th 2010



18753 Comments


now you do.

PirateSquid
February 18th 2010



1881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol
Leak's been out for a while, just kept getting baleeted by the record company.

Such an awesome album.

americanmusicmachine
February 18th 2010



3953 Comments


I'll prob check this out eventually seein' as I love the two recommeded by reviewer albums. also the way you describe this makes me think of black eyes.

SeaAnemone
February 18th 2010



18753 Comments


been meaning to check them out too (Black I's)

PirateSquid
February 19th 2010



1881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Black Eyes is so *Shudders* orgasmic.

I'm really shocked no one's written a review yet.

My three top review projects are:
Black Eyes - ST or Cough
Those Poor Bastards - Songs of Desperation
Hugs - The Tarpit

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2010



16071 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

guess i have to write my review now shit.

Digging: Trophy Scars - Holy Vacants

PirateSquid
February 19th 2010



1881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I always wondered, has anyone ever spoke of Past Lives in a conversation without having had mention the Blood Brothers in the same conversation?

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2010



16071 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

read my review of their ep

PirateSquid
February 19th 2010



1881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You continue to impress me, Mr. Hanson.

On the note of Past Lives:
My goodness I've had the biggest crush on Jordan Blilie since forever. He's such a fucking cutie.

Even if you're straight, you have to admit his voice is fucking sexy.

KritikalMotion
February 19th 2010



2259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

definitely in 4-4.5 territory

PirateSquid
February 19th 2010



1881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One has yet to comment on how sexy his voice is :I

SeaAnemone
February 19th 2010



18753 Comments


ok it's peeeerty sexy

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2010



17911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

jaguar love leaked yesterday too weird



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