The Brave Little Abacus
Just Got Back from the Discomfort


5.0
classic

Review

by helloiamcarter USER (2 Reviews)
June 19th, 2013 | 1253 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A rough, poetic, and deeply beautiful burst of eclectic emo brilliance

Near the end of the eleventh and penultimate track on just got back from the discomfort--we’re alright, all of the band’s (extensive) instrumentation cuts out, save for some accordion and acoustic guitar. In this calm, introspective, and somewhat climactic moment, a sample plays from Season 4, Episode 2 of Malcolm in the Middle.

In the sample, Dewey states “You hate everyone. To you everyone’s either a moron, or a creep, or a poser. Why do you suddenly care about their opinion of you?”

And Malcolm earnestly responds, “Because I’m shallow. I want them to like me.”

In text form, the sample likely sounds rather juvenile and uncool (and in reality, the latter is true to a certain extent), but it actually manages to perfectly encapsulate much of the conflict and distress present on The Brave Little Abacus’s sophomore effort. It’s an album full of confusion, stress, denial, and the eponymous discomfort. And out of all of these bad feelings comes a thorough sense of rapturous joy.

However, the BLA could easily be a very annoying band solely because of their aesthetics. The main singer, Adam Demirjian, quickly shouts, yelps, and shrieks along to the band’s sonic fracas, managing to stay just in time with their oddly timed orchestrations, losing some words along the way. The recording is intricate but lo-fi, occasionally sounding a bit muddy or grating when the intensity is at its peak. It’s all very chaotic and can sometimes sound like an extremely well-performed demo, but the genuine, heartfelt nature of the music shines through any technical or aesthetic issues.

This is most evident when Demirjian shouts lines like “...when I say I’m sad, I mean it. There is no excuse, I need this.” and “I want to die when you're not here, because I'm convinced that everyone else thinks that I'm a dick.” with an uncanny level of passion and sincerity. On top of this, the songwriting is exceptional. Horns and strings are used alongside distorted guitars and fluttering synths to marvelously accentuate the emotion and meaning of the music, building to massive crescendos and dropping out for powerful ambient sections. It’s all pretty wonderful.

The album flows in four movements, each portion separated by an acoustic or instrumental track. In these movements, songs flow together imperceptibly and feel like cohesive episodes. Lyrical motifs abound, mostly dealing with general themes of uncertainty and leaving. Melodies reappear, strengthening certain ideas conceptual ideas and tying the album together. The level of artistry and talent exhibited in this album is unbelievable, especially considering its creators were a group of late-adolescents who were seemingly uninterested in garnering any profits from their work.

I could probably gush about the quality and depth of these twelve songs for a few more pages, but that’d probably get boring pretty quickly. All I want to leave you with is this advice: download this album. It’s free. Listen to it a few times. Listen to it a few more. And read the lyrics! And stick around for the last two songs on this thing. They’re really phenomenal.

Over the course of only a couple of months, this album has become one of my favorites of all time. I imagine that other people would probably enjoy it too. Check it out!


user ratings (71)
Chart.
4.1
excellent

Comments:Add a Comment 
helloiamcarter
June 19th 2013


10 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I hope this wasn't a bad review! I have a little bit of trouble conveying how much I love this album.
You can get the band's entire discography (legally) here, too:

http://www.mediafire.com/?xf3mqf3hj3qbq

ethixx
June 19th 2013


1170 Comments


YES!!! pos pos pos pos

great review and i really hope people check out this band cause they are beyond great

Kman418
June 19th 2013


10467 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

listened to this once a while ago it was swee

Digging: AIDS Wolf - Cities of Glass

ethixx
June 19th 2013


1170 Comments


not a 3.5 :'( omg

Lakes.
June 19th 2013


27735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what is this yall

Digging: Arthur Russell - World of Echo

sixdegrees
June 19th 2013


17072 Comments


this sounds cool

also cinaedus wat

Digging: nano.RIPE - Namida no Ochiru Sokudo

Gwyn.
June 19th 2013


15088 Comments


wait this is not a joke this is in fact a thing wtf

ethixx
June 19th 2013


1170 Comments


this rules i wouldn't falsify hype
if you like pat the bunny, wingnut, cap'n jazz, spoonboy or any of that shit check this out asap

helloiamcarter
June 19th 2013


10 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's really good you guys should check it out I promise that you might like it

prob in like my top five favorite albums of every time

and I'm not sure if my RIYL is very accurate; I haven't really heard much like this album :/

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
June 19th 2013


1616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The brave little toaster.

ethixx
June 19th 2013


1170 Comments


5 it

Lakes.
June 19th 2013


27735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good movie

ethixx
June 19th 2013


1170 Comments


get this, guys
trust me

Kman418
June 19th 2013


10467 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i only heard it once but i was kinda distracted at the time so idk i'll give it another go

ethixx
June 19th 2013


1170 Comments


knew that 3.5 wasn't real

Epicenter
June 19th 2013


173 Comments


I had to go check if there really was a album called "Fuck Your Emotional Bullshit" after reading the recommended section. Pretty neat.

bakkermaarten007
June 19th 2013


3504 Comments


Hello Carter

SpritzSpritz
June 19th 2013


528 Comments


saw them once. they rule.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
June 19th 2013


1616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Only movie to make me tear up.

EaglesBecomeVultures
June 19th 2013


5236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

spare's gonna be stoked when he sees this

album rules



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy