Shores (Michigan)
Leavening


3.5
great

Review

by RiffOClock USER (12 Reviews)
February 12th, 2013 | 11 replies | 569 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist


2 of 3 thought this review was well written

Leavening is a record I like way more than I originally thought I would. Not because of my usual ‘genre X is dead bohoo’ mindset, though; slowcore is still pretty much alive and kicking. Sure, it’s not exactly mid ‘90s level of quality, but artists like Giles Corey or True Widow still manage to tackle the genre from different angles, and to great results. What’s less appeasing, however, is watching the genre’s flagship, Low spiral downward into mediocrity with each release, along with the bands mimicking them. Slowcore is a dangerous game to play, especially if you don’t have the right cards.

What ultimately plays in favor of Shores is that they borrow from the right artist; choosing Codeine’s passive-aggressive, full-band approach over Low’s moody, intimate atmospherics. And although some of Leavening faithfully harkens back to the golden days of Frigid Stars, Codeine’s undisputed masterpiece, very rarely does it settle for a mere copy of that material. It never could, anyway, for Shores have an entirely different approach to depression; they do not welcome it, do not revel in it. They fear it, trying to fight it off with beauty that was rarely heard in the genre in the past. Luckily for them, their resistance falls on the right side of bombast; songs like the brooding ‘Hinges’ and ‘Windswept’ explode with soaring crescendos that escalate mostly in volume and texture (and the number of cymbal crashes), but never overstay their welcome. The opener ‘Chardonnay’ richly draws from Codeine’s trademark atonal sound, using unusually powerful, feedback-laden guitar and sparse instrumentation to lull you into a daze, only to yank you out of it in its soaring finale that exposes the band’s knack for creating powerful, yet soothing melodies. ‘Broderick’ is the only song that recalls the spirit of Frigid Stars in its whole beauty, constantly going through the motions via quiet/loud dynamics that accompany the vocalist’s slow croon. But mistaking Leavening for a generic, ‘post rock’ version of Codeine’s back catalog is the last thing you want to do; Shores have struggled with too much sadness to deserve just that.



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RiffOClock
February 12th 2013



779 Comments


http://shores.bandcamp.com/album/leavening-lp

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 12th 2013



17339 Comments


didnt read neg

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scissorlocked
February 12th 2013



3479 Comments


more slowcore please

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Mookid
February 12th 2013



1294 Comments


Looks like some shitty pop-punk album cover

bakkermaarten007
February 12th 2013



3151 Comments


Didn't expect this review from you. Good band and review

RiffOClock
February 12th 2013



779 Comments


thx

GiaNXGX
February 12th 2013



4867 Comments


true widow is fantastic indeed, will spin this just for the codeine comparison. #Riff4c-O-ntrib

YankeeDudel
February 12th 2013



9291 Comments


sounds great riff jammin the bandcamp now

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MadKungFu
February 12th 2013



375 Comments


"generic, ‘post rock’ version of Codeine’s back catalog"

that's the phrase I was looking for.

mindleviticus
February 12th 2013



7938 Comments


this is awesome stuff

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2013



23641 Comments


good review, interesting to hear what you have to say about slowcore

I'm still stuck in the mid 90s era of slowcore, didn't really jam that Giles Corey album much when it came out, never heard of True Widow. I might check this.

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