Emphemetry
A Lullaby Hum For Tired Streets


4.0
excellent

Review

by Machines Are On The Ryes USER (4 Reviews)
December 17th, 2012 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “What more can a window say?” ~ A Lullaby Hum For Tired Streets is a window into a small town. However, having tested it out on a late-night walk through my busy suburbs, it seems to work marvelously well here too.

Emphemetry is Richard Berkin, a member of the post-hardcore band Crash of Rhinos. I was naturally a bit surprised at first listen. Needless to say, it is nothing like Crash of Rhinos. It is a mix of ambient, folk and post-rock that comes across as bittersweet and contemplative. While I say mix, it is not quite an even mix and is mostly ambient folk, with occasional soft post-rock flourishes.

After the instrumental opener that begins the album quite well comes “Four Million Silhouettes,” perhaps my favorite song on the album. It is mostly Berkin’s soft voice singing a folksy, somewhat sad melody accompanied by an acoustic guitar. The lyrics of the song are about looking through windows and seeing silhouettes of people, and are very well written. It is a very simple song, and communicates the overall emotion of the album quite well.

One of the most diverse songs on the album is "Francis Thompson," the longest track, consisting of a simple picked guitar and Berkin's sad vocals, with drums coming in within a few minutes and increasing the tempo and volume. The song then builds for a while, with a piano playing a rhythmic melody. The song then returns to the picking guitar and eventually fades out into ambience.

One other stand-out track is “So Long, Magic Helper.” It starts out with a picked guitar, and once again a sad folksy tune sung by Berkin. Afterwards comes “Houses, Empty as Holes,” a short acappella song incorporating beautiful harmonies. Finally, after “Emilelodie,” a piano tune that fades out into ambient electronics, comes “Isaac’s Dream Of Tired Streets,” a perfect closing song. The lyrics speak about walking home in the night, and how every little thing you notice seems to have meaning.

Emphemetry has created a beautiful first album that deserves a listen by fans of ambient folk. The constant motif about walking at night rings a chord with me especially, because that is one of my favorite things to do when I have nothing to do. Perhaps you’ll try it out sometime. If you do, this album is a great companion.


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solongatlast
December 17th 2012


203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol, kind of a pitiful first review, i'm obviously a newb, but I just love this album, and it seemed a
good place to start.

name your price on bandcamp: http://emphemetry.bandcamp.com/album/a-lullaby-hum-for-tired-streets

solongatlast
December 17th 2012


203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it is quite short, but I have always appreciated brevity in reviews, myself.

CK
December 17th 2012


4947 Comments


Good for a first review. I have never heard of this band, and that album cover is mighty purty. Gonna listen at some point. I also love your avatar, Fleet Foxes is awesome

solongatlast
December 17th 2012


203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, and ya it is a beautiful picture.

Fleet Foxes is amazing


solongatlast
December 17th 2012


203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Chariot is one of my favorite bands, so that's gotta count for something.

solongatlast
December 17th 2012


203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just realized this album reminds me a lot of the solo record from Her Name is Calla's T E Morris. Also a name your price on bandcamp, and definitely deserves a review.

North0House2
December 18th 2012


5880 Comments


Really great review for a first, and a fantastic album as well. I'm quite impressed by it thus far.

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solongatlast
January 21st 2013


203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Who are these people that post comments and then delete them, leaving me with like 5 posts in a row?

solongatlast
September 29th 2014


203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Weather is getting cold. Time to give this album ten or twenty listens.



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