Dumbsaint
Panorama, In Ten Pieces


5.0
classic

Review

by Feggrammoo USER (1 Reviews)
August 9th, 2015 | 12 replies


Release Date: 08/07/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The apex of an instrumental band determined to push the realms of music and film within the 'soundtrack' that binds them.

Dumbsaint has been teasing us with their instrumental evolution since 2012's dense, Something That You Feel Will Find Its Own Form. Since then, numerous EP and soundtrack releases have been littered throughout hinting at a greater synergy within their desire to fuse the realms of music, film and the soundtrack that binds them. I'm happy to say they have finally arrived and the wait has been well worth it.

Dumbsaint's 'Panorama, in ten pieces.' is a journey; a fiercely unique work of aural chiaroscuro that despite its onslaught - its ability to weave through repeating motifs whilst moving in a single direction, refusing to stray from its course - never overstays its welcome.

Immediately looking at the physical package, the album art evokes perfectly the feeling that runs through the listener whilst experiencing this record; suburbia's benign menace being gently pushed to the surface - a Gregory Crewdson tableau where the mythic meets the mundane.

The titan push and pull of 'Low Visions' and 'Communion' that begins the album will dare you not to be modest with the volume dial, and see if you walk away from that first track feeling like anything but the victim of a car wreck.

Synths are a welcome addition to proceedings; the repeating crescendo accompaniment in 'Love Thy Neighbour' is a highlight and dial things up to new heights as far as texture (both palatial and claustrophobic) is concerned - there is a tension running throughout this album that is almost unprecedented. Along with '(Partition)', 'Cold Call' feels as if it is collapsing in on itself; the four minute blast a tightrope walk forever teetering between chaos and control.

Throughout all of this, the sheer technical precision never overshadows the music or distracts from the group dynamic; the lush tribal exchange that shifts to a driving rhythm in 'Graceland', the oceanic swell of synths and guitar in 'Communion', for example.

Despite not being a metal album in the strict sense of the word (its command of firm attention on the part of the listener is lost partly because of how easy it is to become completely absorbed, enveloped, lost in it) it feels like a subconscious effort that has succeeded in putting the weight back into heavy music.

'Long Dissolve : Temps Mort' is an uplifting spiritual breakthrough at the heart of the album; perhaps the only song here to operate without a brooding menace underneath; it is reflected by the encroaching panic in 'Of No Return' - containing perhaps the most intense moment on an album that is full of them.

'Barren Temples', the final track, feels as if it releases the tension that has accumulated over the nine that came before it; it is elation and ascension - it feels like a rebirth for the listener in the way that this record feels like a rebirth for the band itself.

Add to this the fact that 'Panorama...' also acts as a complete soundtrack to a self-produced 60-minute feature film of the same name (due to be completed at the end of 2015), we start to see the true scope of this work - a genuine artistic statement and the highly sort after audio/visual shot to the heart that the 'Post-Whatever' world has needed for the last 5 years.

Challenge yourself and go listen to this album.

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Asdfp277
August 9th 2015


15162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This sounds interesting

Asdfp277
August 9th 2015


15162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

y'all should check this, bump



stream: http://dumbsaint.bandcamp.com/album/panorama-in-ten-pieces

Gyromania
August 9th 2015


22752 Comments


nice first review.

i might try this out

Asdfp277
August 9th 2015


15162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You definitely should, this is great!

Asdfp277
August 9th 2015


15162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Y'all not listening to this smh



If you like Pelican, Russian Circles and post-metal in general, you should like this



http://dumbsaint.bandcamp.com/album/panorama-in-ten-pieces

SomeGuyDude
August 10th 2015


222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's a fantastic album, no doubt. Loved their first, wasn't huge on Auteur, but this is a LOT better.

Feggrammoo
August 12th 2015


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks for the feedback Asdfp277 & Gyromania



It's a good one. More ppl need to listen to this.

AlexTM510
August 14th 2015


1450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

discovered this thru scrummaging bandcamp, very happy to find this!

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Asdfp277
August 14th 2015


15162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this is cool af

Asdfp277
August 14th 2015


15162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

why this only have two ratings

AlexTM510
August 14th 2015


1450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I'm still letting the album digest, will probably sit somewhere around a 4 though.

Evokaphile
February 2nd 2017


4826 Comments


Wow, now THATS a review. I always enjoy an artful wordsmith's crack at capturing an album's ethos. Very well done!

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