Zelienople
The World Is A House On Fire


4.0
excellent

Review

by Attis USER (12 Reviews)
June 27th, 2012 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: How did we get here?

From my numerous reviews and soundoffs, most of you know me by now as the Sputnik’s grind authority. While I appreciate the faith you’ve given me over the past few months, I feel obliged to elaborate, in the context of my next effort, on the musical and, more importantly highly personal past that I’ve so far managed to keep a secret.

For, as perhaps only few of you might have expected, I haven’t always indulged in aggressive music bent on destruction. No, back then my life was very different, almost unrecognizable from the shadowy presence I keep today. You see, I had a wife, and two beautiful children. But they were taken away from me, and whether by force or of my own accord I shall keep a secret. Then, everything changed. I became a bitter man filled with regret, waiting to die alone. Trapped in a small bedroom in a nondescript apartment, one feeling came to be my single companion: Guilt. And no matter what I did, no matter how hopeless I was, no matter how confused, that guilt was always there reminding of the truth. And with my social regression inevitably came a shift in my musical preferences. Grind offered me things normal life would never provide, and I took the offer with open hands. As my life collapsed minute by minute I sunk deeper and deeper into a dark abyss, and what was initially an affection soon turned into an obsession. I was unable to function outside the musical soundscapes I created. Each time I put on my headphones and let the riffs flow through me, I knew that I wasn’t merely being transported to another world inside my head. I came to grindland to be woken up. Grind became my reality.

Until I found Zelienople. Until The World Is a House on Fire rescued me from the shade of a life I led, a half-remembered dream that I chose to forget.

Zelienople build their own world. Walking the thin line between their tranquil, slow-paced slowcore in the vein of early Low and the dreamy, lustful ambient not too disimilar to the atmosphere found on any William Basinski record, The World Is a House on Fire is another mature outing by a band seems to get better with age (a great feat itself considering that they already started from particulary great heights). It’s a lush yet fragile effort that can collapse at any moment with the slightest disturbance. But Zelienople have expanded on their strenghts they’ve expressed in previous albums, never letting one element in this giant microcosmos dominate over the other, resulting in a balanced album with plenty of replay value. Downwards is the only way forwards. All songs start start at the absolute basic, floating their way through with minimal compositions and gentle touch, rarely evolving into something more that is absolutely necessary. Yet, for all it’s worth, it works wonders, luring the listener into soundscapes so vivid and organic they feel almost real.

Yet for the more experienced, it is clear that trouble is ahead. Zelienople might have most of the listeners convinced to carry on with their flawless listening, but they don't know the truth. The truth that at any minute, the band might bring a freight train through the wall. The truth that imperfections are bursting through the album’s impeccable surface. And the truth that as we go deeper into The World Is a House on Fire, we're also going deeper into ourselves. And the question is: Are we going to like what we find there?



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Attis
June 27th 2012


333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is the first time I ever shed a tear when writing a review. Please pos.

MO
June 27th 2012


18680 Comments


"From my numerous reviews and soundoffs, most of you know me by now as the Sputnik’s grind authority."

lol

Attis
June 27th 2012


333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Theres also a lot of stuff I havent reviewed yet so bear that in mind.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
June 27th 2012


18480 Comments


i really hate these self indulgent first person reviews

Digging: Recondite - Caldera/DRGN 2

alachlahol
June 27th 2012


7489 Comments


UGH this is such a beautifully composed piece of pensmenship it could probably be made into a movie

Idnuf
June 27th 2012


1491 Comments


And the truth that as we go deeper into The World Is a House on Fire, we're also going deeper into ourselves.


that's deep as shit dude pos

Attis
June 27th 2012


333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you all for the kind words, people.

alachlahol
June 27th 2012


7489 Comments


it felt as if many different ideas were being planted in my mind while reading this

alachlahol
June 27th 2012


7489 Comments


ideas i cant even explain

BirthRite
June 27th 2012


1318 Comments


heard this was decent

Graveyard
June 27th 2012


5731 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

zelienople is like fine ass wine

it only gets better with age

Digging: Sugary Sweet Machines - Controlled Breathing

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
June 27th 2012


18480 Comments


i dont know ass wine sounds pretty bad

Idnuf
June 27th 2012


1491 Comments


not all "fine ass" wines get better with age

kingsoby1
Emeritus
June 27th 2012


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i like your description of the record, very to the point and effective. although a little short in comparison to your biographical section.

do you have kids? i dont know what i would do if i couldn't be with my kid.

Graveyard
June 27th 2012


5731 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

might bump this up to a 4.5

trix4dix
June 27th 2012


343 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

might bump this up to a 6

alachlahol
June 27th 2012


7489 Comments


wonder what leonardo dicaprio would say about this album



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