Monogrim/Slow Dreams
1300+ Miles of Sound


3.5
great

Review

by Michael Philp USER (42 Reviews)
October 22nd, 2010 | 39 replies | 5,580 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: When 1300+ reaches its stride, it’s something to be appreciated, and thankfully it reaches it on more then one occasion.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Post-rock is one of the more ambiguous genres out there. Sure, it has its defining characteristics (climaxes anyone?), but even they aren’t always a consistent sign. In fact, in recent times it’s begun to be used as a label for a broad range of experimental music, and that’s where Monogrim and Slow Dreams come in. You won’t find any major climaxes here, or many moments of sweeping grandeur. Instead, 1300+ is mostly a more subdued style of experimental post-rock.

“III” is the shining example of this. As the guitar chords begin to be played more regularly, joined by gentle ambience in the background, it truly is a beautiful thing to behold. And just when you think it should explode into a massive crescendo, it dies. Far from being a bad thing, that kind of restraint endears Monogrim to the listener. That’s just one example of a track succeeding precisely where it should. “Who’s Pickin’ the Banjo” is a surprisingly well crafted piece of folk-music. Its not far off belonging on a Tallest Man on Earth album and its samples are placed perfectly so as not to hinder but to only help.

In terms of the differences between Monogrim and Slow Dreams (since this is a split EP), the former is much more concerned with the post-rock side of things. Slow dreams displays some talent in the area, but branches out far more often. “Curious Communist Cats” for instance, is anything but post-rock. It’s actually closer to straight up rock music, with its peppy drums and quirky guitar playing. Unfortunately there are examples of duds present as well. “Isn’t Anything” is a completely ambient piece that goes nowhere and doesn’t do anything interesting while its there. At one point it even grates, producing a sound that Unfathoms would be proud of.

There’s some wonderful talent on display here though, despite the duds, from the nice combination of piano and powerful tenor vocals in “II”, to the aforementioned rock tendencies that Slow Dreams revels in. Here we have two young but promising artists showing off their chops, and I for one am happy to be experiencing that.



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Eclectic
October 23rd 2010



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Tis good stuff

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 23rd 2010



7136 Comments


As is your review. Pos to you mate.

Heysatan
October 23rd 2010



276 Comments


this was ok on a first listen. pos'd

Eclectic
October 23rd 2010



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It gets better with more listens

Heysatan
October 23rd 2010



276 Comments


yeah it deserves another spin.. what was your fav side?

Eclectic
October 23rd 2010



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hmm, I'd say they're equal. I love II and III, but "Who's Pickin' The Banjo" and "Curious Communist Cats" are just as good.

Jash
October 23rd 2010



4243 Comments


Thanks for reviewing this brah!

Jash
October 23rd 2010



4243 Comments


Thanks for reviewing this brah!

Eclectic
October 23rd 2010



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Any time man, it was a pleasure to listen.

Jash
October 23rd 2010



4243 Comments


Again, thanks for taking the time and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Ire
October 23rd 2010



41746 Comments


I'm surprised you got to this so early.

Thanks so much for reviewing this. It's also a fantastic review so I'm pleased.

http://www.mediafire.com/?u5a00m7aa0m4014


if anybody reads this in the future

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2010



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review. Still don't know what to rate this.

"producing a sound that Unfathoms would be proud of." Hahah burn



Eclectic
October 23rd 2010



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"producing a sound that Unfathoms would be proud of." Hahah burn

Lol, you probably figured out that I'm not such a big fan of him. Though, his split EP with Blasphemartyr wasn't that bad.

Jash
October 23rd 2010



4243 Comments


Yeah, I like to think that song, even though it didn't tickle your fancy, is more complex and has more going for it than most Unfathoms music hahahaha but it's all good, I don't expect anyone to love all the songs

Eclectic
October 23rd 2010



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You'd be right in that, its quite easily better then anything Bitchfork has produced.

JWT155
October 23rd 2010



9205 Comments


That's not much to say though...

Eclectic
October 23rd 2010



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's not much to say though...

True

Piglet
October 23rd 2010



4651 Comments


Nice avatar JWT

JWT155
October 23rd 2010



9205 Comments


Thanks, I feel like I'm flashing everyone now with every post :D

Jash
October 23rd 2010



4243 Comments


Hahaha just as I feel better about myself jwt155 has to come in and snatch my self confidence away



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