Carissa's Wierd
Tucson


3.5
great

Review

by Frederick Metzengerstein USER (202 Reviews)
November 27th, 2011 | 16 replies | 4,654 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 7 minutes in heaven

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Slowcore outfit Carrisa's Wierd disbanded in 2003 but return in 2011 with a delicious two track morsel entitled Tucson. First off, I have no idea what the fudge slowcore is supposed to mean but I will admit that it's kind of catchy. It rolls off the tongue real nice. Say it with me people. SLOOOOWWWWWCORRRREEE. Slowcore. It reminds me of Slowbro for some reason. The reason why I bring up this particularly enthralling genre tag is because it's what Seattle based indie group Carissa's Wierd is tagged as. Tucson is Carissa Wierd's first new material released in almost eight years and I must say they bring the goods.

Tucson has only two tracks and runs for about seven and a half minutes but in that brief time Carissa's Wierd create some creative, engaging music. Featuring an exceptional duel male/female vocal tradeoff, a sweeping violin and stirring guitar melodies, Tucson leaves a profound impact upon the listener. The fact that all of the original band members are still in place make for strong chemistry and cohesive songwriting.

The first track is Tucson which begins with a quiet guitar melody before Jenn Ghetto's beautiful voice and Sarah Standard's lavish violin enter. The song is melancholic yet optimistic, evolving from a dreamy alt rocking jam to a bonafide headbanger as the tempo and aggression rises for a moment. The dual vocals of Jenn and Mat Brooke trade off with one another splendidly before the violin and driving guitars close out the song in a dramatic fashion. Meredith & Iris is a slower ballad like number that once more capitalizes on the expressive vocals and violin of this formidable trio in addition to the underlying percussion and emotive guitar work of the other members.

Tucson is such a peaceful listen that it sucks that it ends so quickly. It ends so abruptly that you just want a few more songs. Gosh darnit! I hate appetizers. Both songs are pretty killer though and leave the impression that Carissa's Wierd are going to drop one heck of a record upon us sometime in 2012. Anyone unfamiliar with the band but enjoys listening to shoegaze/indie pop needs to hear this pronto. If you're already a Carissa's Wierd fan and haven't heard this yet then well get on the zazz train to zazzville.



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BallsToTheWall
November 27th 2011



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

TRA LA LA LA

ShadowRemains
November 27th 2011



19431 Comments


oh no, harold!

here we go again, george!

BallsToTheWall
November 27th 2011



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I hope I still have these books somewhere locked away in the attic, the Wayside stories as well, those were also the shit.

pizzamachine
November 27th 2011



12568 Comments


Heaven in a Balls summary? neg

Rev
November 27th 2011



9292 Comments


Why would they name an album after such a terrible city?

BallsToTheWall
November 27th 2011



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

If you noticed pizza, there should have been curse words but I not so sneakily substituted them for alternate campy words. Now, I must get back to Tebowing.

pizzamachine
November 27th 2011



12568 Comments


Yeah I totes noticed.

TEBOW TIME

North0House2
November 28th 2011



5599 Comments


Bueno band. Didn't know they released this.
I've got some good memories in Tucson.

Digging: Horseback - Piedmont Apocrypha

BallsToTheWall
November 28th 2011



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

need a new album this is like gobbling 4 mini pancakes when you haven't eaten in 8 hours.

Skimaskcheck
November 28th 2011



2360 Comments


Slowcore. It reminds me of Slowbro for some reason.


hahaha

new Carissa's Wierd, awesome

bakkermaarten007
November 28th 2011



3151 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I bought this a while ago. Consider me disappointed. They sound...too happy. I that makes any sense.

Balls, you hadn't heard of 'slowcore'? Carissa's Wierd are like the cult band in that genre.

InAbsentia
November 28th 2011



3542 Comments


Strangely, I prefer Ghetto's solo project, "S".

bakkermaarten007
November 28th 2011



3151 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

S is great, but only the first album. But funny enough the best S track is on Carissa's Wierd' 'Songs About Leaving': So You Wanna Be A Superhero.

Really? Really

bakkermaarten007
November 28th 2011



3151 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Balls, you hadn't heard of 'slowcore'? Carissa's Wierd are like the cult band in that genre.


far from it

Right on it.

BallsToTheWall
November 28th 2011



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I know the term just dont know what the fuck it is.

bakkermaarten007
November 28th 2011



3151 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Slow and sad pretty much covers it. The alternate term is 'sadcore" for a reason.



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