Zelienople
The World Is A House On Fire


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sobhi Youssef EMERITUS
June 27th, 2012 | 95 replies | 8,972 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The ultimate come-down anthem

Among other things, public music ratings aggregator Rateyourmusic.com labels Zelienople as the mouthful that is Slowcore, Drone, Psychedelic Folk, Ambient, Avant-Folk, Free Improvisation, and Dark Ambient. I won't pretend to be an expert on their history, but a discography that stakes claim to such an eclectic range of genre categorizations has definitely precipitated its share of evolution throughout the years. Mechanically, The World Is A House On Fire seems to touch on most of these things, but it all happens under the guise of a hazey, reduced BPM incarnation of shoegaze. The record is washed in enough echo and reverb to rival My Bloody Valentine; when combined with a hint of feedback and brushed snare, just the opening two minutes of "The Southern" are enough to prep for the journey ahead.

The most impressive piece of Zelienople's work is how its minimal instrumentation and gentle techniques can pervade such a lush, moody atmosphere. They use percussion in the loosest definition of the term; it ends up being less of a classic rhythmic device so much as the sonic binding agent. Sometimes it seems the snare morphs into a natural extension of the synthesizer - a microcosm for how cohesive the record is in that every part, no matter what it is or how subtle, makes a singular impact on the overall composition. In a similar sense, the implementation of negative space between reverberated notes accomplishes the very same thing.

The drone label plays through in force, yet the tempo doesn't stay where one might expect a-la more traditional genre denizens like Earth for example. "Island Machine" could almost be confused for standard slowcore fare in direct comparison to anything from The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull, for example. It's this very lack of a defined musical border that makes The World Is A House on Fire what it is - a sprawling, minimal experiment that isn't afraid of melody or movement. Zelienople have crafted the ultimate come-down anthem; I for one am excited to explore their back catalog in full.



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carouse
June 26th 2012



300 Comments


I need to give this more time to sink in, but I could see it growing to be one of my favorites this year, it's very intriguing.
Fantastic review as well, I agree wholeheartedly; and yes, it's certainly difficult to make sense of the mish-mash of genres here.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
June 26th 2012



18248 Comments


i think this is great but it needs time to settle

Digging: Syndrone - Salmataxia

eternium
June 26th 2012



16336 Comments


Oh shit, had no idea there was a new one.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
June 26th 2012



15728 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ugh, sobhi, there's so much more to this =(

Digging: Alvvays - Alvvays

eternium
June 27th 2012



16336 Comments


Review doesn't tell me anything I didn't know except there's a slowcore-ish track.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
June 27th 2012



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sorry Adam, I don't like to write thesis papers on music like some people :]. Go ahead though if you'd like!

kingsoby1
Emeritus
June 27th 2012



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@eternium, then you probably shouldn't be reading a review on this record, right?

eternium
June 27th 2012



16336 Comments


I haven't listened to the album yet.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
June 27th 2012



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes.

trix4dix
June 27th 2012



343 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

wrong rating

DeafMetal
June 27th 2012



8584 Comments


rating wrong

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
June 27th 2012



18248 Comments


wrating rong

trix4dix
June 27th 2012



343 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

best new black metal

DeafMetal
June 27th 2012



8584 Comments


mount eerie 4 sure

Spare
June 27th 2012



5270 Comments


haven't heard but i am certain it is a five outta five

rasputin
June 27th 2012



14538 Comments


album rules

kingsoby1
Emeritus
June 27th 2012



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

He let them have a head start

treeqt.
June 27th 2012



9657 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this actually sounds very interesting
will give it a listen

Digging: Luigi Nono - A Pierre; Quando stanno morendo;

MyWife
June 27th 2012



367 Comments


false album

Xenophanes
Emeritus
June 27th 2012



10592 Comments


Been eyeing this for awhile



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