Beau Navire
Hours


4.5
superb

Review

by Eno USER (34 Reviews)
May 22nd, 2011 | 157 replies | 20,316 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is the moment.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Throughout the screamo scene there’s been an ongoing trend of incorporating post-rock build-ups and sweeping clean guitar parts, particularly in Europe. The sound has received a lot of criticism for being perfected and over-used. However the problem isn’t the fact that the formula has been abused, but perhaps the emphasis on the formula itself. Of course there’s nothing wrong with orchestration and great transitioning can be the crux of a group. Nevertheless, all of these symphonic groups seem to suffer from a set in stone linearity that makes every heartfelt swell sound like an exercise, never taking risks within the structure or being able to dwell in any sort of repetition or non climactic texture. The most essential part of screamo has never been dynamics or technique, but striking a chord in all of the accumulated, often dissonant, heartfelt madness; creating some sort of moment of clarity within all of the hardcore and the passion that resonates. If you look at the group I Wrote Haikus About Cannibalism in Your Yearbook, which contained members of Beau Navire, they were, in the strictest of musical senses, amateurs. The voice-cracked screams were off rhythm and would often clash with other background vocals and the guitar sounds were probably some of the cheapest ever to be put on record. Yet the lone cries of “Save me from my room. Save me from my thoughts” over lone guitar noodling created a strangely desolate effect that displayed only the most sincere passion.

Beau Navire’s Hours is a gut-wrenching synthesis of that classic touch and technical precision. While their previous LP, Life Moves, established a recognizable gloomy, lo-fi sound, their new release takes the sound and transcends it into a messy, yet extremely well crafted and produced magnum opus. The sounds on Hours are developed and professional, yet retain the fiery intensity that laced the group’s previous recordings. The songs often transition from gentle ambient guitar harmonies into short, yet effective moments of grinding rhythms and frenetic instrumental work. The group knows how to build into those soaring hardcore moments that many bands have perfected, yet they often show up unpredictably, catching the listener with a tight grip, only to let them go into noisy oddities and colorful jams. The manner in which they switch between the two sounds is displayed with beauty on tracks like “It’s Not An Art, It’s A Myth”, where the band reverses the order and forms a funky little jam, while sporadically breaking into piercing screams and tremolo rhythms. While the bands previous efforts had come off as rad collections of individual tracks, the new record has a magnificent flow, using ambient instrumentals and detailed composition to create an incredibly complete and cohesive effort.

However Hours best succeeds in its cathartic qualities; the vocalist, Trei, has this voice that pulls off the desperate, “crying at the mic” vocal technique that manages to avoid sounding contrived. He finds the most subtle, yet brilliantly orchestrated moments to release his desperate tales over, whether it be in the form of a shout or a spoken word. Hours has a sort of cryptic quality that keeps the band’s music from hitting immediately, with mostly indecipherable lyrics and unorthodox instrumentation. However the group’s music slowly grows upon the listener, grabbing at them in ways unexpected, in genuine heartfelt moments of dissonant passion and musical brilliance. I find myself writing about it too often, but there’s nothing more refreshing in music then to hear a band carefully use their resources and energy to create masked, yet relatable clashes of music and feeling that resonate in the best of ways. Beau Navire not only seize and capitalize on moments like these, but they successfully integrate the various facets of the genre to do it with finesse. An immense screamo album to remember.



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Enotron
May 22nd 2011



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

http://beaunavire.bandcamp.com/album/hours

ugh i had to rush this, have other work to get to, will fix the ending, point out typos, etc.

night

Enotron
May 22nd 2011



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah not happy with how the review came out, but check the album out guys

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 22nd 2011



10584 Comments


Hey cool two Eno reviews in one week!


Yeah not gonna lie your last review was kinda flat for me, but this sees you getting back into it, great work man. Pos.

Btw, how bad do I need this album??

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djunior
May 23rd 2011



700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Im really enjoying this. good review

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sniper
May 23rd 2011



18929 Comments


yeah dude this is so good, been streaming this at least once a day since i found it. wish they would put it up for d/l though.

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rasputin
May 23rd 2011



14512 Comments


their life moves record was bland and boring, not going to listen to this

sniper
May 23rd 2011



18929 Comments


okay, sounds great.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 23rd 2011



17195 Comments


this puts life moves to shame

sniper
May 23rd 2011



18929 Comments


indeed. this reminds me of the sailboats demo at times, very hard hitting.

rasputin
May 23rd 2011



14512 Comments


okay, sounds great.


csb

FelixCulpa
May 23rd 2011



1236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album. I really like the album art on this, Life moves artwork is really good too.

SeaAnemone
May 23rd 2011



19677 Comments


bastard

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alachlahol
May 23rd 2011



7471 Comments


life moves sucked

Enotron
May 23rd 2011



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah rasputin you should try it, it's a huge step up from life moves

witchxrapist
May 23rd 2011



10927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

life moves sucked


nah

but this is way way better

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Enotron
May 23rd 2011



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

also chambered man look at that album artwork blown up, artwork of the year no doubt

Hep Kat
May 23rd 2011



14991 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i didn't like life moves, so i'm not sure about this. but i'll give it a listen when i get to work i guess

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witchxrapist
May 23rd 2011



10927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's way better than Life Moves.

Like everyone is all BEAU NAVIRE IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN LOMA PRIETA, but they were wrong until this came out.

DoubtGin
May 23rd 2011



6748 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cool, didn't know about a second album

I didn't like Life Moves that much, though

RagingStorm
May 23rd 2011



509 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i should really get this



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