dne
These Semi Feelings, They Are Everywhere


4.3
superb

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
November 18th, 2016 | 54 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The start of something special

Sometimes the larger a setback is, the more spring-loaded it becomes as a launching pad for future ambitions. It’s simple physics: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Perhaps that’s what happened to Ondrej Holy (dné) in 2010 when an ugly bout of poor health combined with a severe case of writer’s block to stymie what otherwise appeared to be a bright future. As Holy flirted with the idea of giving up on dné, inspiration struck in the form of These Semi Feelings, They Are Everywhere and resurrected a career that almost ended before it began. Clocking in at a mere thirty minutes, These Semi Feelings is a brief flash of genius and a gorgeously arranged electronic album.

These Semi Feelings is rather bare in its posturing (most of the album consists of guitar, strings, and piano), yet its implications are much farther reaching. The beautiful sounds on this album ring out with unprecedented clarity, as if they were recorded between two mountains or in an abandoned church. Opening track ‘Meeting Points at 2AM’ captures this essence, flowing along gently to a serenade of classical piano and uplifting strings that give off a pure, almost pastoral vibe. Holy consistently utilizes spacing and restraint better than most, allowing an admittedly simple formula to carry much more weight during its creative peaks. Just look to ‘Driving a Car While Listening to Bill Blurr’s Podcast’ for Holy at his most vibrant, where all of the album’s sounds – augmented by a thumping bassline and sporadic handclaps – coexist harmoniously. The low dips and surreal calms that grace the album’s soundscape effectively accent each wrinkle, allowing These Semi Feelings to glide along elegantly and uninterrupted, save for when it chooses to unearth a gem from Holy’s deeply-rooted inspiration.

Between pristine production and strong songwriting, dné consistently turns less into more. The high-pitched, distorted voices on ‘More Like it’ feel eclectic and artsy only because there are so few vocal cuts to begin with. ‘Friends Cleanse’ boasts breathtaking acoustic guitars that feel like a spiritual cleansing because the majority of this record’s sound palette resides in a sea of pianos and electronic effects. Despite all of this, These Semi Feelings, They Are Everywhere is not really minimal or lo-fi; it is far too rich texturally and the glistening production leaves it with a sheen worthy of national radio. dné finds itself comfortably positioned between the freedom of an artist with less than two thousand social media followers and the benefit of sounding like it is backed by a massive, multi-million dollar recording studio. It’s the perfect place for Ondrej Holy right now, although with a few more steps in this direction, it’s difficult not to imagine “dné” written somewhere in bright lights. These Semi Feelings, They Are Everywhere takes the lightning from its cover art and captures it in a bottle, and damn does it ever feel like the start of something truly special.




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SowingSeason
Moderator
November 18th 2016


22612 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

Review is intentionally brief. Check this out, it's stunning.

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elliootsmeuth
November 18th 2016


2100 Comments


Just sat down in study hall wondering what to listen to, and low and behold, I found my answer. Checking now.

onionbubs
November 18th 2016


4132 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

sweet review. good album

Digging: Portishead - Third

SowingSeason
Moderator
November 18th 2016


22612 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

It's on spotify in case you were wondering where to find it. You can also stream it on some far less legitimate sites that I've found but either way let me know what you think.

elliootsmeuth
November 18th 2016


2100 Comments


My school blocks Spotify

MrSirLordGentleman
November 18th 2016


10115 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sweet cover

AsleepInTheBack
November 18th 2016


2690 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

sounds interesting, and that album art is sweet. Solid work Sowing

AsleepInTheBack
November 18th 2016


2690 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

well that first track is gorgeous

SowingSeason
Moderator
November 18th 2016


22612 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

thx asleep, yeah the whole record is quite beautiful

Kris.
November 18th 2016


13640 Comments


this first track gives me a huge balmorhea vibe and i adore it

SowingSeason
Moderator
November 18th 2016


22612 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

had to check them first but yeah i agree, at least in the regards that it is instrumental and piano heavy



seems like this is heavier on the electronic side, they are heavier on the instrumental side

literallyzach
November 18th 2016


18 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really like this! Definitely going to put it on my study rotation

SowingSeason
Moderator
November 18th 2016


22612 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

yeah it's really serene relaxation music, and perfect for headphones if you ask me

Taxt
November 18th 2016


919 Comments


Will check, nice review

AsleepInTheBack
November 18th 2016


2690 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Gave it a spin, the whole thing is lovely, gonna be on my chill work playlist for a while I think

gryndstone
November 18th 2016


725 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

very chill album! Hope more stuff is coming from him

Ryus
November 18th 2016


13001 Comments


never have i seen worse song titles

gryndstone
November 18th 2016


725 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Reality Swallows Pusheen Cats

gryndstone
November 18th 2016


725 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

that's a great song title what's wrong with you

SowingSeason
Moderator
November 18th 2016


22612 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

yeah I actually like the song titles, not that they're relevant to the music at all



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