Elvis Depressedly
Disgraceland


3.5
great

Review

by ScuroFantasma USER (43 Reviews)
June 25th, 2014 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: So simple, so amazing.

One of the three albums from 2011 released by the artist known as Elvis Depressdly was this; a 3-track EP that packs so much emotion into its 7 minute run-time that it’s almost incomprehensible. The sad-pop king released this shortly after his first EP Goner a month earlier. It largely expands on the themes and style exhibited on that album as well as his debut, retaining the dejected vocals and folk instrumentation of both, complimented by well-placed electronic elements. At this point in time the project was a solo endeavour, which somewhat explains the reliance on electronic elements that, it seems, have been added in order to give the album more depth while Mat plays guitar and performs vocals. Fortunately, he is quite talented with the execution and application of the electronic component, which balances neatly with his soft vocals and bright guitar parts.

The variety of electronic effects throughout the EP is extensive, but not overdone or used simply for the sake of it. There are usually two or three programmed instruments/synths active while the guitar is playing; never enough to choke the life out of any of the songs and none of the effects are tacky or obvious. Usually the effects consist of programmed percussion instruments, such as the soft clicking on the final track, or the tambourine-style metallic clashing on ‘Crazier With You’. On the same track, though, Mat layers his normal vocals with another version of his voice filtered in order to give a much deeper sound. It works phenomenally well and reminds of a similar effect used by Fever Ray on ‘If I Had A Heart’. There are soft synths that also flit through the album, lending their deeper, orchestral-influenced presence to the mix.

“My father lives on the computer and drinks mucho alcohol. My mother is quick as a viper, for a good time her number’s on the wall”.

Disgraceland works through a combination of two of Mat’s greatest assets; his voice, and his insightful-yet-forlorn lyrics. The vocals are what contribute the most to the depressing nature of the music. With a soothing voice that promises an end, but not necessarily a happy one, Mat weaves some interesting comments that somehow attack people and society without being confrontational. This is mostly exhibited on the first and last tracks, while ‘Crazier With You’ is sandwiched in between and still manages to be extremely moving even though the vocal component consists only of; “I don’t want to get better, what’s the use? I don’t want to get better, just crazier with you”, in the layered vocal style aforementioned. The guitar playing throughout the EP is quite simple, but incredibly effective. It mainly takes a back seat to the electronics and Mat’s voice anyway and ends up as another layer instead of being the centrepiece.

Although there have been better, lengthier Elvis Depressedly albums released, this EP should not be overlooked, for it contains three extremely solid sad-pop tracks that create an undeniably grandiose atmosphere in such a short time-span.

-ScuroFantasma



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ScuroFantasma
June 25th 2014


2538 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Check it out guys: http://elvisdepressedly.bandcamp.com/album/disgraceland

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dimsim3478
June 25th 2014


5413 Comments


wait is Mat nicknamed "Mickey"?

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ScuroFantasma
June 25th 2014


2538 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

He continuously refers to himself as Mickey and writes songs about himself as Mickey so I'm assuming so. I suppose I should edit it to Mat if I'm to be more professional but meh.

Edit: I just researched the name a little and yeah, Mickey's the nickname he had as a kid, it stuck apparantly. I have still changed the review to read 'Mat' though because I suppose real names do better than nicknames in reviews.

fromtheinside
June 25th 2014


19166 Comments


hey

i'm just loving that this band is getting more attention

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ScuroFantasma
June 25th 2014


2538 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

For real, Holo Pleasures is so damn awesome too.

fromtheinside
June 25th 2014


19166 Comments


hotter sadness sir.

ScuroFantasma
June 25th 2014


2538 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah man, I read your review for that album too, it's great btw. I still think the newest one is the best so far though.

Nikkolae
June 25th 2014


4870 Comments


suprised this isnt a yak review, Okay and Weird Honey have the best lyrics ever

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YakNips
June 25th 2014


13232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol this doesnt have okay and weird honey

but HOLY SHIT THIS RECORD RULES!

I literally said aloud "OH MY GOD AN ELVIS DEPRESSEDLY REVIEW!!!"

i love you scuro

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YakNips
June 25th 2014


13232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

crazier with you is like the first song I covered ever

Nikkolae
June 25th 2014


4870 Comments


"lol this doesnt have okay and weird honey"

lol didnt said it did lol lol

YakNips
June 25th 2014


13232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuk u and ur hot avatar got me gud



Nikkolae
June 25th 2014


4870 Comments


wacha gon du bout it fggt

YakNips
June 25th 2014


13232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

im gonna listen to swans about it

ScuroFantasma
June 26th 2014


2538 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Love you too Yak. Everything I've heard from this guy has been fantastic. I really want to review Holo Pleasures next because I love that album. This rules though, the more I listen the more I like it.

YakNips
July 23rd 2014


13232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cry babies might be the best elvis depressedly song

fromtheinside
July 23rd 2014


19166 Comments


i should get this

YakNips
July 23rd 2014


13232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ye it's real short but it's real good

ScuroFantasma
July 24th 2014


2538 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's well worth getting fti



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