Review Summary: All that needs to be said has been said.
Codeine. The bands name is almost perfectly suited to their music. A subtle sweetness, a sublime numbing; however, although enticing, this album is far from euphoric. This music is the after-taste of attachment. The feeling of waking up in the morning with no one by your side, and the lack of a volatile reaction to this fact. There is no great dismay, no great wonder, only a semi-tangible state of anaesthesia.
Sedated, half-spoken utterances regarding this apparent predicament bring to mind a ruptured state of being. Gentle musical ebbs and flows form around occasionally loud engagements of snares, and minimal-sounding guitar work serves to remind the drums of their place.
Loss leader, losing sight of the shore/ Can't take this lost loop any more
A portrait stroked with half-hearted caresses, this is The White Birch. In a curtained area operating outside the emerging post-hardcore and emo scenes of a somewhat similar emotional demeanour, this album was put together. A downtrodden work of the slowcore variety, it operates around three basic elements. 1. Don't give a ***. 2. Occasionally bloom into loud moments of pseudo-catharsis 3. Continue to not give a ***.
This is not an attempt to deride the efforts of the musicians involved. No, it is a statement on the general atmosphere and feeling the album details. These songs portray a state of flux where there is no real solution to an issue, and no real desire or ability to find one. It's a grey area showcasing a pure inability to operate, and this theme is conducted to absolute perfection. Unlike contemporaries Low, this band makes no effort to offer any diamond-in-the-rough moments. This album serves to be an emotional purgatory, through and through.
There isn't much else to say about this album, but why should there be? A largely forgotten masterpiece from a scene no one really paid attention to, it's status serves to embody the work; to be deserving of something more, to be worth nothing less, and to wake up with nothing there.
Can't go back there/Can't go forward/What does the word vacancy mean, when you don't expect anything?