A City Sorrow Built
Ai


4.0
excellent

Review

by argonaut USER (18 Reviews)
June 14th, 2015 | 38 replies


Release Date: 06/12/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Outstanding post-rock/screamo from a talented band.

Ai is Indonesian band A City Sorrow Built’s third release, after a pair of solid EPs. While the group does relatively little to deviate from its brand of post-rock-infused screamo, the album marks a substantial progression for the promising group, with excellent songwriting on display and a very cohesive feel.

While Ai is the band’s first full-length release, it is far from overly long, clocking in at approximately 32 minutes. This relatively brief listening time is perhaps an advantage in this case, as the album certainly avoids overstaying its welcome. Ai’s eight tracks are mostly short, each being under five minutes in length, with the exception of the penultimate slow-burner “Duka/Cita”.

A City Sorrow Built clearly did not transform their sound with this release; indeed, their sound remains quite similar to that of their previous EPs. This is not intended as a criticism, given that the band is still early in its career, and thus seems to be focusing on perfecting their desired style, rather than experimenting and adopting new influences excessively. In regard to mastering their intended sound, A City Sorrow Built has clearly succeeded to a large extent on this release. The songs are well-crafted, and every track is enjoyable in its own right. The more melodic sections are frequently gorgeous and somewhat atmospheric, while the heavier elements are equally effective. Finally, “Duka/Cita”, the longest of the release’s songs, excels as perhaps the ideal representation of the musical brand the group is attempting.

Ai’s nature as an album is intensely dualistic, marked by the combination of, and often dramatic shifts between, gentle post-rock segments and harsh screamo pieces. While such a juxtaposition is not unique (indeed, whole subgenres have been formed around these ideas), the band has always managed this style with ease, and this new release demonstrates that once again. Ai is an album replete with dramatic shifts in tone and musical style. The jarring transition between the pretty post-rock of opener “Dua Puluh” and the aggressive screamo track “Hati/Salju” is especially notable in this regard. Like the best representations of this style, though, Ai does not feel like two different albums uneasily coexisting together. Rather, the bitter heaviness of a track like “Hitam/Putih” manages to possess an intangible connection with the soothing ballad which closes Ai, “Kasih/Sayang”. The result is a cohesive listen, somewhat bleak and overwhelmingly cathartic, but at the same time possessing considerable beauty.

In the end, Ai marks a substantial step forward for a promising band. While A City Sorrow Built still treads the same musical territory, this consistent release provides a more developed sound and showcases some noticeably-improved songwriting. Ai is a fundamentally strong album which comes highly recommended to anyone with even a passing interest in either post-rock or screamo.



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argonaut
June 14th 2015


818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is the latest release from user BlueW's band, so check it out:





http://acitysorrowbuilt.bandcamp.com/album/ai







StreetlightRock
Emeritus
June 14th 2015


3894 Comments


I miss music like this.

Digging: Milo - Who Told You To Think????!?!???!???!???!

argonaut
June 14th 2015


818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Have you listened to this yet?

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
June 14th 2015


3894 Comments


Was listening to it on Bandcamp earlier, it was pretty great. I've been jamming their "Songs" EP on and off since it came out way back when too.

BlueW
June 14th 2015


2282 Comments


Thank you so much for the kind words m8

argonaut
June 14th 2015


818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, their entire discography is definitely enjoyable.



@BlueW, no problem. Thank you for the awesome music.

BlueW
June 14th 2015


2282 Comments


And lol at me giving a rating :P

argonaut
June 14th 2015


818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah. At least it's the "right" rating though.

Funeralopolis
June 14th 2015


14065 Comments


ai lmao

this is pretty decent

Digging: Belphegor - Totenritual

SPRFanOf5H
June 14th 2015


828 Comments


BlueW you make some fucking awesome album art man with this album. It looks professional for real, definitely looks authentic.

argonaut
June 14th 2015


818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, the album art is killer.

BlueW
June 14th 2015


2282 Comments


oh you might want to check out my other project hikari todo especially "the joys in not knowing" as I sort of view it as a side accompaniment to this album. As I wrote that in the early middle stages of writing Ai. They share some events that preceded their inception.

BlueW
June 14th 2015


2282 Comments


Aye thanks man, I try hey hahaha

argonaut
June 14th 2015


818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@BlueW, sounds interesting, I'll probably give that a listen.

wacknizzle
June 14th 2015


14515 Comments


This is sweet, nice job BlueW

LordePots
June 14th 2015


37737 Comments


dat band name

Digging: Dimlite - Runbox Weathers

SomeGuyDude
June 14th 2015


222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is my favorite kind of album to find. "home grown" in the sense that a user here made it, and it's a pantload better than a bunch of albums from more well-known artists.



Once that quick blast beat landed in Hati/Salju I knew I was in for a ride. Hell yeah.

argonaut
June 14th 2015


818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, completely agree. There's been a lot of very solid user-made music lately, but this easily up there with the best in my opinion.

BlueW
June 14th 2015


2282 Comments


@SomeGuyDude nah it man it's all pretty home grown in the literal sense too hahaha, apart from the drums we recorded everything ourselves. and we mixed it all ourselves as well. it's integral to what a city is I think.

BMDrummer
June 16th 2015


13944 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is great so far



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