Zelienople
The World Is A House On Fire


5.0
classic

Review

by better ask trix USER (3 Reviews)
June 25th, 2012 | 55 replies | 3,007 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: There won't be a better album this year, next year, or maybe even the year after that.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Zelienople’s The World Is A House On Fire is truly a special album. It’s one that has an alluring, unique vibe that keeps me coming back over and over again, without it ever getting old. Essentially, Zelienople have honed their sound so well since they originally formed in 1998. They’ve released many full length albums and EPs, all of them having a similar Zelienople feel, but at the same time being fresh and different. This newest album is the pinnacle of their sound so far.

Zelienople are a trio making an eclectic style of drone based music utilizing many different instruments and influences. Matt Christensen’s whispery, dreamlike vocals sound better than they ever have before, and his lyrics, while always being quality in the past, really shine here. Christensen is also responsible for the hypnotic, groovy bass present throughout the album. Drummer Mike Weis is again using unusual percussion styles, showing his love for drone and tribal music. However, one of the real masters of atmosphere here is keyboardist Brian Harding, with his beautifully textured passages, especially present next to the ringing clean electric guitar like on songs such as “The Southern.”

The World Is A House On Fire is Zelienople’s most cohesive album overall. Every song ends perfectly to set up the next one, and once the first song is started, it’s near impossible to stop listening. Improvisation is a key part of Zelienople’s sound, and that has certainly not changed here. However, compared to some of their earlier outputs it’s been toned down in favor of a more structured approach to songwriting. Elements of noise manage to sneak their way in subtly, but never to a point where it would give the album an atonal sound.

There are few albums like The World Is A House On Fire, just like there are few bands like Zelienople. It takes something special to craft such intricate, subtle recordings for over a decade and continue to succeed to not only make worthwhile music, but music that constantly is evolving and improving in many ways. If you’re a human being that’s a fan of any music at all, this one comes highly recommended.


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trix4dix
June 25th 2012



343 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

this fucking album, ur welcome sputnik B-)

trix4dix
June 25th 2012



343 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

aoty

AiKo
June 25th 2012



52 Comments


poop album

DeafMetal
June 25th 2012



8583 Comments


aoty next to W & C but aoty

Graveyard
June 25th 2012



5385 Comments


album sux

trix4dix
June 25th 2012



343 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

i need to listen to W & C more but yea its good shit

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
June 25th 2012



4118 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pumped to hear this

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MO
June 25th 2012



17341 Comments


it's good

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Yazz_Flute
June 25th 2012



18735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is really awesome yeah, but I wouldn't quite say it's a 5. A solid 4 feels about right.

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trix4dix
June 25th 2012



343 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

according to last.fm i listened to Zelienople 138 times last week, 111 were this album, its fucking good man

YankeeDudel
June 25th 2012



9290 Comments


I listened to Sleeper Coach and it was great. Trying to find a DL for this.

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Attis
June 25th 2012



333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

will check this out

trix4dix
June 25th 2012



343 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

yea its pr tight, i got yur dig but i still need to hear dat shit

MyWife
June 25th 2012



367 Comments


shit floats like a boss espesh FIRST FOREST

Graveyard
June 25th 2012



5385 Comments


the real devil is sooooooo ethereal

DeafMetal
June 25th 2012



8583 Comments


i got a dl link BUT I AINT SHARING

MyWife
June 25th 2012



367 Comments


sup

Graveyard
June 25th 2012



5385 Comments


it took me ages to find a download link deaf, BUT I GOTS IT NOW!!!

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
June 25th 2012



16125 Comments


Whoa, new Zelienople? Sweet.

Very nice review, Trixter.

trix4dix
June 25th 2012



343 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

thx angelovdeth

"Retarded description, if the next Portishead will be half as good as Third it would still be twice as good as this"

trickd B-)



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