Autre Ne Veut
Anxiety


3.5
great

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by Cultclassical USER (48 Reviews)
February 19th, 2013 | 49 replies | 4,666 views


Release Date: 02/26/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Chicken soup for the hipster's soul...

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Autre Ne Veut, or Arthur Ashin to his mother, is a pop-centric, avant-garde, R&B singer/producer from Brooklyn who up until this latest release Anxiety, dabbled more in the ambient arts. Eschewing that in favor of a more personal brand of R&B, the man certainly has an ear for song structure and through the combination of twinkly synths, retro R&B hooks, and his own airy pipes, does a very good job of actualizing his vision. The unique styling of Anxiety sadly makes for a niche audience at best. Even so, people who give these silky, sugar-coated tunes a spin are in for at least, a very interesting listen.

It should be noted that while these are indeed R&B songs at their core, and even though the year is 2013, partying and big booty bitches are nowhere to be found here. Instead, Anxiety’s lyrical themes, and in many ways the music, deal with the mundane anxieties of life. As the man himself puts it:

Having a life with other people, having ambitions, and trying to exist in the world, and get things done, and love people, and feel loved. All the stresses that come along, at least for me, with that.

The personal tone Autre Ne Veut is conveying is portrayed well in his music. Songs like “Gonna Die” and “Ego Free Sex Free” come across as fine examples of this theme. Both songs come across as exceedingly personal and self-aware in a way practically extinct from R&B today. Enhancing the experience are some top-notch production techniques and a generous variety of instrumentation. Each of the first three songs on the record have catchy distinct intros, each of which lead into and fit their respective songs like a glove. Once into the songs, some interesting musical ideas are employed, and for the most part pulled off. The crunchy guitar backdrop in “Warning”, the dreamy intro to the record “Play by Play”, and especially the hard drone in the closer “World War” all prove Ashin has a penchant for not only music, but sound and fortunately possesses the skill to blend them together very well.

Even with this unique display in the musical facet, the focus of Anxiety are the vocals. It’s not hard to infer from the bouts of vocal runs and constant pitch shifting throughout each song that Mr. Ashin loves his voice. This is both a boon and bane for the record as the vocals are indeed well executed and are the deserved driving force behind the record, but there’s no power behind his voice at all. The airy delivery quickly gets tiresome and on more than one occasion, keeps songs from reaching their full potential. Despite this, stand out performances like the near supersonic pitch he reaches in “Gonna Die” inject that soulful feeling prevalent in the record. It is the use of his voice rather than the actual sound of it that completes this record.

Anxiety is based on, and ultimately succeeds through, two staples, well produced and organized instrumentation and beats, and how the vocals are utilized. Autre Ne Veut has made essentially a very smart record, accomplished though superb mixing and production. Not meant to be delved into, this album is best enjoyed casually but with all that’s going on, from the multiple layers of music to the underlying theme, musical treasure hunters can find plenty of jewels here.



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Calc
February 19th 2013



11975 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Streaming: http://pitchfork.com/advance/35-anxiety/


You'll either just like it or downright hate it...

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Cygnatti
February 19th 2013



21349 Comments


sounds kinda fun

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2013



19437 Comments


i HATE the term hipster with a passion.

great review though.

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CaptainDooRight
February 19th 2013



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koo rev, posd

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YankeeDudel
February 19th 2013



9305 Comments


why what else would you call hipsters. thats what they are.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2013



19437 Comments


the term hipsters shouldn't even exist

Calc
February 19th 2013



11975 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

listen to it atari you'll see why i say that. thanks though :]

YankeeDudel
February 19th 2013



9305 Comments


but why atari. what else would you call hipsters. thats what they are.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2013



19437 Comments


no problem i pos'd. that term just gets annoying i remember back when i reviewed she and him christmas people saying they're a hipster band like seriously what the fuck does that even mean?

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2013



19437 Comments


Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20's and 30's that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter. The greatest concentrations of hipsters can be found living in the Williamsburg, Wicker Park, and Mission District neighborhoods of major cosmopolitan centers such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco respectively. Although "hipsterism" is really a state of mind,it is also often intertwined with distinct fashion sensibilities. Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses. Both hipster men and women sport similar androgynous hair styles that include combinations of messy shag cuts and asymmetric side-swept bangs. Such styles are often associated with the work of creative stylists at urban salons, and are usually too "edgy" for the culturally-sheltered mainstream consumer. The "effortless cool" urban bohemian look of a hipster is exemplified in Urban Outfitters and American Apparel ads which cater towards the hipster demographic. Despite misconceptions based on their aesthetic tastes, hipsters tend to be well educated and often have liberal arts degrees, or degrees in maths and sciences, which also require certain creative analytical thinking abilities.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2013



19437 Comments


the greatest concentrations of hipsters can be found ... LMFAO

Calc
February 19th 2013



11975 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Both hipster men and women sport similar androgynous hair styles that include combinations of messy shag cuts and asymmetric side-swept bangs."

They make their hair elegantly disheveled?

YankeeDudel
February 19th 2013



9305 Comments


see thats what hipsters are. if you live in new york like i do you know a damn hipster when you see one.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2013



19437 Comments


say anything line!

i'll shut up lol but i honestly just think the whole hipster thing is kind of funny i was thinking annoying but now i think it's hilarious.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2013



19437 Comments


do you really live in new york yankee?

Calc
February 19th 2013



11975 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

its just a one word description of something that would otherwise take dozens of words.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2013



19437 Comments


dude i'm old calc. when i was 21 they hadn't even come up with the term "hipsters" yet. so it's hard for me to understand this younger generation lol

Rastapunk
February 19th 2013



716 Comments


What is up with all those indie bands choosing French names which actually don't mean anything...

Calc
February 19th 2013



11975 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

atari im like 4 years younger than you freak lol

@rasta

its uhh...i dunno.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2013



19437 Comments


4 years is a big difference mang i've been out of school for 10 years



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