Dowsing
I Don't Even Care Anymore


3.5
great

Review

by Alex Trinkner CONTRIBUTOR (71 Reviews)
August 9th, 2013 | 15 replies | 1,335 views


Release Date: 08/13/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Will I make it through you?

Dowsing have busy throughout their short-lived career thus far as musicians. This Chicago based quintet has released a slew of splits and their own ep as well as releasing two full length records in as many years. With their 2012 full length debut on Count Your Lucky Stars Records, It’s Still Pretty Terrible, Dowsing burst onto the emo/indie scene, in the vein of label mates such as Joie De Vivre and Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate). Now, not even a year later, Dowsing have put forth I Don’t Even Care Anymore, an album that, while deviating slightly from past releases, is still a welcome addition to a growing discography of a young talented band.

I Don’t Even Care Anymore is a short record in every sense of the term. There are only ten tracks and of these ten tracks, only two manage to be longer than three minutes. While this may cause some to jump on the “rushed album” bandwagon, I wholeheartedly disagree. Admittedly, there is an obvious lack of material on a this full length, which is nearly identical in length to their first record. Too often bands who egregiously throw themselves into the “emo” genre suffer from over bloated songwriting and pretentious lyricism. Dowsing is an emo band devoid of the ostentatious nature flooding the genre, instead opting for “Feel Good Sad Jams” (as the band lightheartedly describes themselves). Album opener “If I Fall Asleep The Cats Will Find Me” is surprisingly dark and moody, seemingly becoming an outlier as the rest of the album progresses. With a simple relative lead and ominous vocals, this track’s depresses listeners both musically and lyrically. The rest of the record finds Lead singer Erik Hunter Czaja (with support from the four other members, as each band member shares vocal responsibilities) elegizing solemnly over winding guitars, sparkling keyboards and surprisingly prominent bass lines, a juxtaposition that is prevalent on nearly every track. This juxtaposition is nowhere more palpable than title track “I Don’t Even Care Anymore”, with soaring instrumentation backing ruminations on losing someone close, and accepting their departure.

Although I Don’t Even Care Anymore is not anything novel or innovative in a scene that has been so tirelessly warped over the past decade, this record is still an interesting listen. The fact that tracks err on the short side rather than drone endless on, makes this record, if anything, entirely palatable upon first listen, beginning to end. While the songs focus nearly entirely on lost love and subsequent alcohol abuse and often find themselves sounding dangerously similar to previous tracks, Dowsing has apparently found a formula to stick to, a formula that is unfortunately already showing signs of wearing thin.



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atrink
Contributing Reviewer
August 9th 2013



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Its been almost a month since i've review anything, and apparently it's getting harder to do so. But this is still worth listening to. It's streaming here:

http://punktastic.com/radar/stream-for-the-week-dowsing-i-dont-even-care-anymore/

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 9th 2013



49801 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Did the world really need another Dowsing album

Digging: Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) - You Will Eventually Be Forgotten

PunchforPunch
August 9th 2013



5918 Comments


never like these guys but i'll check it out

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
August 9th 2013



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If you don't like any of their other stuff, i'm pretty sure you wont enjoy this lol

YakNips
August 9th 2013



7437 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn I was planning on reviewing this.


Digging: Elvis Depressedly - New Alhambra

pmmets07
August 9th 2013



5848 Comments


their first ep was absurdly catchy but "it's still pretty terrible" bored me to tears. hopefully this will be better.

dimsim3478
August 10th 2013



4740 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Liking this so far.

Digging: My Psychoanalyst - Choreomania

PunchforPunch
August 10th 2013



5918 Comments


nice dig kid

YakNips
August 12th 2013



7437 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This rules

Hep Kat
August 12th 2013



15047 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

i wish i liked this band but theyve put out nothing but mediocre shit

ima start a band called dowsing but im gonna play way coolerjams

Digging: Sir Michael Rocks - Banco

dimsim3478
August 12th 2013



4740 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Yeah, they're definitely one of the blander bands around.

Blackbelt54
August 12th 2013



4268 Comments


they're good but they do absolutely nothing to differentiate themselves from the millions of other twinkly emo bands

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
August 13th 2013



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The first song here really built my hopes up that this would be alittle different than other releases.. but then the rest of the album kind of ruined that lol

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 16th 2013



49801 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Fuck this album

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
August 16th 2013



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's a pretty strong sentiment



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