The Depreciation Guild
Spirit Youth


2.5
average

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
May 20th, 2010 | 57 replies | 10,109 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sorry, Depreciation Guild, but I prefer my music somewhat interesting, no matter how pleasant and melodious you insist on making Spirit Youth.

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

Drawing comparisons between food and music is a guilty pleasure of mine. It becomes all too easy for me to indulge in this when The Depreciation Guild is begging to be compared to a bagel. The Depreciation Guild’s laid-back, flowery mixture, one part shoegaze and one part pop, is enjoyable upon first visit. Yet, it’s difficult to find any outstanding facets of the album whatsoever, making it feel unsubstantial and bland, like there’s a giant hole in the middle. The gentle guitars and aqueous keyboards reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine are present, but The Depreciation Guild are more comfortable putting their own spin on the fuzzy sound that’s well past its prime. The question becomes, then: is the “newgaze” movement, as it’s begun to be referred to, a desirable trend, or does it make Slowdive, Ride and My Bloody Valentine turn in their graves? We’ll get to that later; but either way, Spirit Youth is indicative of a sound that’s slowly but surely gaining steam. The Radio Dept., M83, Asobi Seksu are some obvious examples, but the amount of lesser-known bands with the newgaze tag is surprisingly large. It’s easy to see why, too. Spirit Youth is a light-hearted album, so inoffensive that it’s sure not to turn any ears away, no matter how picky. As previously mentioned though, Spirit Youth is easy to equate with breakfast- and I’m not talking about French toast, here. Oh no, think along the lines of a bagel or perhaps a Danish. While enjoyable to an extent, Spirit Youth can’t help but come off a tad unsubstantial and unimpressive.

Spirit Youth begins on a melodious, enjoyable note with “My Chariot.” In fact, it remains relatively likable throughout, and ends on a fairly good few songs. Rather than some outstanding fault on Spirit Youth, it’s more a case of lacking factors. Inoffensive, songs like “November” and “A Key Turns” display The Depreciation Guild’s ability to add a little reverb to hook-filled arrangements. The product is tasty, but it’s difficult to root out any exceptional qualities. In effect, Spirit Youth sounds stagnant, even with a plethora of Nintendo-synth hooks. Like a bagel, Spirit Youth can’t escape the blandness- or a more striking similarity is that both seem to be suffering from a hole cut out of the middle.

The poppy hooks mixed with shoegaze are easy for anyone to stomach, but the sad fact of the matter is that The Depreciation Guild are unable to back it up with substance or provide the music with some backbone. Loveless relied on sex appeal and atmosphere. Or more recently, bands like M83 master the ability to emphasize emotion through tonality and aura, but instead The Depreciation Guild leave us hanging. The soft-spoken vocals have little emotion or weight in the music and it’s near-impossible to point out any defining moments on the album. Despite this, it’s also hard to entirely discredit the band. They’ve found their niche within the newgaze movement, it is simply a matter of having the confidence to delve a little further or experiment a little more. Instead of submerging and enveloping us into the music like early 90’s shoegaze predecessors, The Depreciation Guild are content with simply providing little, timid tastes on Spirit Youth. Enjoyable as it may be, there’s vast room for improvement. I don’t want bland, nondescript, hole-filled bagels for breakfast. I want substance, I desire something a bit more exciting with flair and depth... like French toast, for example.



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SeaAnemone
May 20th 2010



19681 Comments


went for a pretty low-key review before I try tackling some fantastic new screamo (ugh finally 2010). and yeah, it's way too easy to succumb to the new 'no summary' trend

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

Ponton
Emeritus
May 20th 2010



5784 Comments


good review eric! coding 2nd paragraph though.

I like bagels for breakfast btw

SeaAnemone
May 20th 2010



19681 Comments


thanks Jared, and yes, bagels can be an OK meal, but in my opinion they're hardly a substitute for a breakfast burrito or pancakes... is that an Olivia Tremor Control avatar or am I mistaken?



Ponton
Emeritus
May 20th 2010



5784 Comments


It is... which I noticed you gave like a 1.5

Yeah, not much for regular but blueberry or cinnamon are pretty great

SeaAnemone
May 20th 2010



19681 Comments


I love most things Elephant Six, but I've found that album so so frustrating for some reason... just can not get it or enjoy it at all no matter how many times I try... haha your avatars become a constant reminder of that now too

Ponton
Emeritus
May 20th 2010



5784 Comments


I found some of the random electronic experiment parts to be jarring at first, but it seemed to settle after a while. Definitely enjoy their first more though, but didn't want to use that avatar as I'd be impersonating Med57

tombits
May 20th 2010



3469 Comments


The introduction... Oh my god I think I love you.

alachlahol
May 20th 2010



7471 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i love bagels i don't know wtf is wrong with you

SeaAnemone
May 20th 2010



19681 Comments


if any of you guys want some quality indie stuffs though look no furthr than the rec'd by reviewer... both are great.

TheSpirit
May 20th 2010



17128 Comments


As a jew i love bagels.

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

TheSpirit
May 20th 2010



17128 Comments


oh and excellent review mr. contributor

AggravatedYeti
May 20th 2010



7684 Comments


i love bagels i don't know wtf is wrong with you


this ^ what the crap eric?

also this band is alright, review was great.
Personally if we're talking nu-gaze, it's totally a worthwhile movement -- when you listen to the albums that don't blow.
but I also rly rly like dream pop.

SeaAnemone
May 20th 2010



19681 Comments


thanks yeti, and sorry-- I'm not budging on bagels, oh wait... you're from NY aren't you? that explains it haha.


AggravatedYeti
May 20th 2010



7684 Comments


I'm from Rhode Island
which is closer than like California, but...fuck the Yankees. js.

alachlahol
May 20th 2010



7471 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

there is nothing to dislike about bagels i'm actually getting pissed here

AggravatedYeti
May 20th 2010



7684 Comments


[img]http://www.bagelshawaii.com/images/bagels_tray_i.jpg[/img]

mmmmmm

Dryden
May 20th 2010



12928 Comments


oh man

timbo8
May 20th 2010



618 Comments


bagel sandwiches own regular sandwiches. Also, gonna check this out, but review is disconcerting

SeaAnemone
May 20th 2010



19681 Comments


bad day to post this it seems... Sputnik's been slower than molasses today.

HenchmanOfSanta
May 20th 2010



1852 Comments


I interviewed this band! But I won't be getting this.



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