iLiKETRAiNS
The Shallows


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Knott EMERITUS
April 26th, 2012 | 29 replies | 8,042 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Moody British post-punk with a beautiful intensity.

As the slow, minimalist 1980s pulse of "Mnemosyne" finds iLiKETRAiNS frontman David Martin declaring, "We will burn in hell for this," in rushes the same sense of dark reason that made Pulp's Different Class so devastating. The Shallows, though, relies not on Brit-pop hooks but on narrow, downbeat soundscapes in the same vein as No One Can Ever Know (The Twilight Sad, 2012) - foreboding and relaxing at once. There are hints of earlier (better) Editors in its corridors too, but iLiKETRAiNS are no Joy Division tribute act; for all the depressive tint of tracks like "We Used To Talk," there is a gentle upward pull to be found somewhere here, particularly in opener "Beacons" and centrepiece "The Hive."

Though it perhaps lacks the variety to hit all bases, as an engrossing wave of mood music The Shallows is a force to be reckoned with. The heartbeat behind stand-out "The Turning of The Bones" recalls the quieter brilliances of bands like Canada's Stars - Martin's low register and blunt lyrical slant shadow Stars vocalist Torquil Campbell, too - and the whole atmosphere is one of understated but intoxicating melody, whereby what you remember at the close is less a series of specific moments, and more the experience. It leaves you a little calmer, a little more pensive, and temporarily a little more shallow, but there's some gorgeous, if dark, depth to plumb along the way.



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Knott-
Emeritus
April 26th 2012



10193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Short write-up for a really good record =)

Kris.
April 26th 2012



11307 Comments


hey wait this isnt an adam thomas review at all!

Knott-
Emeritus
April 26th 2012



10193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

he's my idol

klap
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2012



9982 Comments


ace review, i think i've heard a previous record by this group

robin
Emeritus
April 26th 2012



4221 Comments


wait this band that always seems to be playing every british festival is good?

Knott-
Emeritus
April 26th 2012



10193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album is. it's the first i've heard of them.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
April 26th 2012



7224 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hmm this sounds interesting, do you think that I'd enjoy it?

Knott-
Emeritus
April 26th 2012



10193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I really do, Ali. I was going to shoutbox you about it, actually =)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5BcS5TFHWU

Nikkolae
April 26th 2012



4381 Comments


i paused atlas sound for this... glad i did. great write up knott.

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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
April 26th 2012



7224 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'll give it a go later then

RosaParks
April 26th 2012



14592 Comments


definitely getting this after listening to that track on youtube

Knott-
Emeritus
April 26th 2012



10193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

RiffOClock


ugh

SpiritCrusher2
April 26th 2012



2599 Comments


"iLiKETRAiNS" asdf movies anyone?

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
April 27th 2012



6248 Comments


Band rules! Nice to see them getting some love. Great review as well.

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DoubtGin
April 27th 2012



6684 Comments


so they turned post-punk?

BallsToTheWall
April 27th 2012



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Hive rules.

chambered69
April 27th 2012



1253 Comments


sounds sweet

Funeralopolis
April 27th 2012



10420 Comments


great band name asdf movie reference.

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Knott-
Emeritus
April 27th 2012



10193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah... if they were ever "post-rock", they certainly aren't now.

AsianGenocide
April 27th 2012



3 Comments


I am your sandwich!



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