Copeland
Ixora


4.0
excellent

Review

by Rowan5215 STAFF
December 14th, 2014 | 56 replies


Release Date: 11/24/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You will never starve, you will never freeze.

In the interest of clarity, I'm hesitant to label Ixora "experimental indie", partly because of how lame it sounds and partly because that would inevitably conjure up wild expectations. Comparisons to The Antlers' forward-thinking Burst Apart, or perhaps Bon Iver's genre-blending sophomore release, are expectations which clearly Copeland have no intention of meeting even if they were equipped to do so. That said, Ixora is not You Are My Sunshine 2 and nor should it have been. Simply put, Ixora is Copeland back from their beauty sleep refreshed and lively.

Clear standout "Erase" is perhaps a microcosm of the album Copeland fans were expecting, with a classic Marsh vocal-piano combo in the song's first half sounding like a blueprint for the phantom You Are My Sunshine 2. Of course, this is too straight-forward for 2014 Copeland so a gear change halfway through kicks the song into a powerful full-band jam the likes of which fans have been yearning for since "California". "Like a Lie" sounds like what the disappointing Marsh side project 'The Lulls in Traffic' should have been, a groovy R&B-esque jam without the dead weight of Ivan Ives' tedious rapping. The groovy beat propels an addictive chorus of "Feels like a lie when I hold you/Feels like a lie when it comes true", sounding like a stripped-back version of any massive Timberlake chorus of your fancy. Elsewhere, we have the typical breathy ballads on display, albeit with a few choice inclusions of more unusual instruments - the combination of riffs and bongos in "Chiromancer"; the exceptional saxophone bridge in "World Turn" – to keep things fresh.

However, Ixora's greatest achievement is the subdued "Ordinary" and the way that Marsh, never the subtlest of lyricists, deals superbly with the subject matter of mundanity. The song continually poises on the brink of changing pace – another saxophone bridge perhaps, or a sudden crash of drums a la "Erase", or maybe even one of those killer shifts into Marsh's trademark falsetto when the chorus comes in? Instead, it continually retreats back from the brink, building up to absolutely nothing, remaining static and dull. Of course, on paper 'dull' seems a strange choice of words for the positive, but that's exactly what it is. The brilliance of "Ordinary" is in the way its subdued nature reflects the subject matter - "We laugh just like yesterday/And I kiss you like the day before/And I hold you just like ordinary/Perhaps when the day is new/We'll find tomorrow is just ordinary too". Could be Ixora is a harbinger of things to come, and Copeland will go on to take the world by storm and birth a new genre of saxophone-toting electronic indie rock. But, more than likely, they'll be comfortable to stay in the niche they've carved out for themselves and their devoted fanbase, and you can't begrudge them that. Either way, Copeland are back and here to stay.



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Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2014


39156 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

neg

Digging: Soundtrack (Television) - BoJack Horseman

Phlegm
December 14th 2014


7240 Comments


oh man I thought this was the good copeland

SowingSeason
Moderator
December 14th 2014


24600 Comments


Ah yes, will have to give this a listen even though my best of 2014 list is already submitted.

Digging: The National - Sleep Well Beast

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2014


39156 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Fuck you flem :]

do it Sowing you will have no regrets

amanwithahammer
December 14th 2014


585 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cool !!!

SowingSeason
Moderator
December 14th 2014


24600 Comments


This plucks at my heartstrings. Was feeling particularly reminiscent about a moment in time, and this is just amplifying it sadly and wonderfully.

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2014


39156 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

5 it

SowingSeason
Moderator
December 14th 2014


24600 Comments


If I can relate to something emotionally (a rarity these days) it's easy for me to overrate it. But this is definitely good...right now I'm too swept up in nostalgia to get mathematical.

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2014


39156 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Trust me Sowing follow your heart see I knew you'd love this

SowingSeason
Moderator
December 14th 2014


24600 Comments


You get me

< 3

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2014


39156 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

< 3 you too

I know what your heart desires most

SowingSeason
Moderator
December 14th 2014


24600 Comments


Right now my heart desires Emma Watson making out with Taylor Swift. Can you make that happen?

If not, you really must not be Santa Clause.


Arcade
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2014


8410 Comments


Pos'd quite aggressively

Digging: Zola Jesus - Okovi

SowingSeason
Moderator
December 14th 2014


24600 Comments


Oh yes thank you for reminding me to do the same

Arcade
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2014


8410 Comments


was there no Brand New + Christmas flavored avatars available, Sowing?

SowingSeason
Moderator
December 14th 2014


24600 Comments


Someone else already took that idea with the daisy fox santa hat

Besides I'd rather look at Taylor Swift, just makes posting so much more enjoyable

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2014


39156 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Taylor is beautiful but not as beautiful as this album

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
December 14th 2014


10692 Comments


Great review Rowan, pos'd hard

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Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2014


39156 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

why thank you sir

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
December 14th 2014


18820 Comments


Awesome work yet again dude. Wow you're moving pretty fast now.



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