Death of Lovers
Buried Under A World Of Roses


4.0
excellent

Review

by zAZZ mASTER USER (8 Reviews)
May 22nd, 2014 | 18 replies | 992 views


Release Date: 02/04/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I don't know what to say to that, but I have to agree with Johnny that, yeah, we do touch upon things that most men would rather not admit: That we feel pain, we cry, get sad and sometimes don't deal well with disappointment.

Death of Lovers is a terrific collaborative effort between members of Whirr and Nothing. Whirr and Nothing are bands that I can appreciate, but I never found them truly compelling which is surprising since I consider shoegaze to be one of my favorite genres. So, of course it came as a total surprise when I became addicted to their latest musical incarnation Death of Lovers. Their Uniform Recording released debut Buried Under A World of Roses is a charmingly depressive mix of shoegaze and goth tinged post-punk, bringing to mind the beautiful gloominess of 80's Cure being fused with the ethereal, spaced out sounds of 90's shoegaze.

The recording is simultaneously both dreary and lively thanks in part to the stellar synchronicity between the desolate atmosphere and the inspired musicianship. On paper it might seem like these "opposing forces" might not work but Death of Lovers are terrific at creating dark, moody music with a pulse. A strong rhythm section allows the music to rock and lurch forward with momentum while the vocals, synth and guitars do everything in their power to counteract against the commanding drums and bass. The baritone male vocals sound cold and lifeless but pleasant sounding. Lyrics are hard to decipher but the delivery and higher pitched tone fit in well with the spacey synthesizers and twinkly guitar lines. The Cure's influence can be significantly felt in the synth and guitar department yet despite that prominent influence it never feels overbearing or like idol worship. Death of Lovers do enough things in the songwriting department to distinguish themselves as their own independent identity. They are great at mixing up tempos and songwriting styles as evidenced by the roaring opener Cold Heaven. The "noisiest" and most "aggressive" track of the EP, Cold Heaven features a reoccurring melodramatic motif in the chorus that evolves into a blistering noise rock segment before descending back into post-punk melancholy for the remaining three tracks. The final three tracks are much more oppressive than the opener but the dynamism is still there. The strong degree of musical chemistry from the members of Death of Lovers allow this EP to flourish from start to finish. Simply put, there are no weak points.

I haven't heard a lot of music from 2014 but Buried Under A World of Roses is by far one of the most engaging releases that Ive heard so far. This is a band I would recommend to human beings. I would also recommend Death of Lovers to all the chronically depressed talking donkey's out there in the world today in addition to every single lonely Magikarp who's just down on their luck constantly getting zapped by the Tentacruel.



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SeaAnemone
May 22nd 2014


20284 Comments


aw fuck yes
bout time somebody reviewed this

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bach
May 22nd 2014


12537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

everything nick bassett is in slaps

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RoyalImperialGuard
May 22nd 2014


1323 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Need a album asap.

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Relinquished
May 22nd 2014


24993 Comments


quick glance I first thought this was Death In June material but it's solid either way

RoyalImperialGuard
May 22nd 2014


1323 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't remind me. I missed DIJ at West Palm last fall and i'm still depressed about it.

Relinquished
May 22nd 2014


24993 Comments


damn didn't even know they were in the area then

ShadowRemains
May 22nd 2014


20687 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i think i need this

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RoyalImperialGuard
May 22nd 2014


1323 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cut out the ""i think" part and you sir are correct.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 22nd 2014


17212 Comments


Holy shit me and Wylie agree on something. Dang.

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Rhyme
May 22nd 2014


1014 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i need more shoegaze from this year so i'll check this

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ScuroFantasma
May 23rd 2014


1766 Comments


Good review, I think I'll give this a go.

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RoyalImperialGuard
May 23rd 2014


1323 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The entire west coast has it going on in spades, as much as it pains to say as a east coast doom lord trying to spark a east/west beef. The west is winning and it's not even close.

bach
July 13th 2014


12537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is so sick

RoyalImperialGuard
July 13th 2014


1323 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah. Wish it was longer though.

bach
July 13th 2014


12537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

exactly. still prayin for that lp doh

bach
August 4th 2014


12537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

five years
it couldn't save my life

itchybutthole
August 5th 2014


2491 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

someones been listening to the cure a lot

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RoyalImperialGuard
August 5th 2014


1323 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You could say that about 100% of all goth/post punk bands though.



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