Emptyself
Nothing Follows, Nothing Stays


4.5
superb

Review

by Arron USER (1 Reviews)
November 22nd, 2011 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A beautiful collection of songs, that while for the most part are sad, are easy to relate to and very introspective & emotive.

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Emptyself is a project of Eric Johanson, the front man of the band Cire. He certainly has had a rough time before & during the time this album was written, the best example of that being that during hurricane Katrina he lost his whole studio and had to re locate to New Zealand. Now this appears to be the primary inspiration behind some of the songs. This is a great thing, because you can feel all of the emotion he puts into the songs. Here we are presented with an 11 impressive songs of introspective, chilled music.

Music Styles & Elements: There are a lot of styles going on throughout the album, including trip hop, psychedelic, blues and industrial. Most of the songs are based on acoustic guitar with beautiful melodies and catchy hooks, along with occasional piano and electronic elements such as electronic drums and synth, the songs range from 3 minutes to 7 minutes.

Lyrics: The lyrics throughout the album are very poetic, insightful and clever. Eric is clearly a very honed song writer with the lyrics connecting to me on many personal levels. In artificial light he sings "Don't mistake the truth for the fake, a raft for an island, asleep for awake. There are so many ways to evade what's right in front of your face." It's moments like this and the climax of this song that really send chills down your back. In "Just go on" He sings "I've had my best days down this road, way past the signs that lead back home, so I've got no choice but to just go on and follow the same lights I've always relied upon" The album is also very hopeful despite the sadness it often displays.

'Nothing follows, nothing stays' clocks in at 55 minutes, but at no point does it feel that it is overdrawn. Perhaps the only song that I was not so keen on at first was "slow devour" which is a rather strange song for Emptyself to release, it did grow on me though and the lyrics are creepy and stellar.

I have given the album 4.5, to make up for the bias that I possibly have for Emptyself's music.

Recommended tracks:
Get Away Or Disintegrate
Artificial Light
Scattered Parts.
Nothing follows, nothing stays.

Enjoy.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
cb123
November 22nd 2011


2030 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ooooooo new emptyself, will have to get me some of this, love cire and his first album

cb123
November 22nd 2011


2030 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review aswell btw

Arron
November 23rd 2011


57 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks mate . I don't usually do reviews, but this album really deserves some exposure. Hope you enjoy it, I think it's better than the last record!

cb123
November 23rd 2011


2030 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome, it's high on the to-do list, this guy is far to unknown on here, I've been trying to whore out his first album to no avail it seems

Arron
November 29th 2011


57 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah man, I think it's a huge shame that most people won't hear the awesomeness that is emptyself :/

cb123
December 4th 2011


2030 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i think im gonna have to agree with ya here, excellent record and better than his last

Arron
December 6th 2011


57 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sweet, glad you like it man! & I agree with you there

Dday
December 16th 2011


108 Comments


Damn, I didn't even know they put out another album. I will have to check this out.

cb123
December 16th 2011


2030 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really? I can't see how you'd find him annoying in any way

Arron
December 19th 2011


57 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hmm, when I first heard him it took me a while to get into it (I used to be like that with music.) Surprising... but I just don't see how his lyrics are forced, I think he's an exceptional lyricist.
Do you like his Cire stuff at all?

Arron
December 21st 2011


57 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

How can you hate someone as a person if you don't know them? Haha, but fair enough if you don't like his music, not much we can do there really

PayneTiger777
October 19th 2012


4404 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I just ordered their self titled album on amazon and now I'm currently listening to this album on grooveshark. This dude has an amazing voice and his lyrics are superb. I think he sounds like a deep, more emotional Maynard, and I can't stop listening to his songs. Cire - Wholesale Buyout is the shit.

cb123
October 19th 2012


2030 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed man, love this guys work

MichaelSnoxall
October 19th 2012


12163 Comments


I really loved the first album, I haven't heard this. Will get it now.

cb123
October 19th 2012


2030 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i think this is better than his first album, both are great though man, get on it

PayneTiger777
October 25th 2012


4404 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm very close to 5'ing his first album, and I only have six 5's. It's just that good.

Arron
November 27th 2012


57 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah it's better, it's different too. Ahh man I think it's a 5 for me too, there's just no flaws, I was trying to be objective, though :P

loveisamixtape
July 1st 2013


6109 Comments


i don't understand this genre of music at all but i'm listening to the title track and it's beautiful

Ponton
Emeritus
March 13th 2014


5803 Comments


this is chocolate



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