Joliette
Principia


4.5
superb

Review

by TheSupernatural USER (7 Reviews)
September 3rd, 2013 | 36 replies | 13,253 views


Release Date: 09/01/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Post-everything

11 of 11 thought this review was well written

Joliette's Facebook page lists the band's genre as "post-everything." I've been trying to decide whether that means that their music contains elements of post-rock, post-metal, post-punk, and post-hardcore, or whether that means it's post-music in general. Maybe it has a post-apocalyptic sentiment to it. But with Principia (lit. "it begins"), I understand the band's desire to tag themselves as another genre; it's clear that Joliette doesn't fit a mold.

I was taken by surprise the first time I listened to "Quiral." The previous song had been a cool post-hardcore cut similar to their previous songs, but didn't particularly stand out. I expected the rest of the album to continue as such. Halfway through "Quiral," the band completely alters the song's frantic pace to a distant post-rock groove. As singer Fernando Obregón adds his painfully emotional screams, it becomes clear that Joliette is not aiming to make accessible music or follow a formula. While such a statement may seem redundant, the lengths at which the band goes to prove it make for a valid case.

The band continues to evolve its sound as the album progresses. The catchy choruses of "Czirros" and "Califonria Yisus" reflect a noticeable influence from post-hardcore contemporaries like Circa Survive and Glassjaw. Both would be worthy singles, but neither stands out on the album as much as the song between them, "Qúmulos." If there's any single one justification for Joliette to link themselves to post-rock, here it is. The dark ambience that the band summons for the first 3 minutes is quite impressive, featuring bassist Gastón Prado pushing along the soothing melody.

Perhaps the strongest element of Principia is Gabriel Mendoza's drumming. Between the varying time signatures and dynamics, his playing is oddly precise. He certainly contributes to album's overall feel of unpredictability, especially in "Norte y Bravo" and "Todos Odian." Also worth a specific mention is Fernando Obregón's vocal work. There's something unique about a vocalist that can scream and be understood clearly (the excellent production quality deserves some recognition for this). Even with my poor understanding of Spanish, I can understand more of the lyrics here than the average metalcore album.

What really defines Joliette's efforts with this release is defiance. With the abundance of music in the world today, it's tempting for bands to want to produce more accessible music and focus on advertising. In this case, accessibility and advertising are an afterthought. In Principia, the band leaves behind genre boundaries in search of something interesting. And somewhere in the dissonant, complex rhythms, they find it.



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Calc
September 2nd 2013



10829 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

LINK!!!!!

post one.

TheSupernatural
September 2nd 2013



850 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I was sent a private link from the band to download the entire album, but they've put half the songs online for free
already.

Here's the music video for Todos Odian: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1a_Sgznrfc

And here are a couple songs on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/israel-jimenez-10

Definitely check out "Czirros." I'd have to say it's grown to be my favorite.

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TheSupernatural
September 2nd 2013



850 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Actually I just saw that they have it available to buy for download here:

https://www.kichink.com/stores/joliette#.UiVBP2QadTh

d00derz
September 2nd 2013



113 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I will do anything for a link for this.

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d00derz
September 2nd 2013



113 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

nvm, found out it's on what.

Calc
September 2nd 2013



10829 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not too shabby

NightmareCinema16
September 3rd 2013



2016 Comments


That avatar.

Butkuiss
September 3rd 2013



3869 Comments


Wasn't 72haha72 a member of this band?

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TheSupernatural
September 3rd 2013



850 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah I think he still is a member of the band

DanielNightLewis
September 4th 2013



525 Comments


That music video is really cool. looking forward to hearing the rest of it. Nice review too!

Butkuiss
September 4th 2013



3869 Comments


I remember checking these guys out when Convertirse en Agua first came out. Solid stuff on that record. Juan Perez was a top jam.

TheSupernatural
September 4th 2013



850 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Check out this too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qAQYam7Xqw

TheSupernatural
September 5th 2013



850 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

FINALLY!!!!! Album is streaming right now: http://joliette.bandcamp.com/album/principia

Owantjaaaa
September 17th 2013



2777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best sputnik band?

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TheSupernatural
September 18th 2013



850 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Maybe. I'm not familiar with any other Sputnik bands though

Erick30stm
September 22nd 2013



1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

They're so fucking amazing! lml

TheSupernatural
September 27th 2013



850 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, this album is something special

ShitsofRain
October 4th 2013



4679 Comments


looks interesting

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Ecksavie
October 4th 2013



282 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

California Yisus is a sick track. Listen to this shit, boys.

TheSupernatural
October 7th 2013



850 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

California Yizus was the first track that really caught my ear. Glassjaw-esque chorus ftw



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