The Newfound Interest in Connecticut
Tell Me About the Long Dark Path Home


4.0
excellent

Review

by Tristan Jones STAFF
July 15th, 2014 | 151 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Oh no, daylight

I am having difficulty coming to terms with my experience listening to Tell Me About the Long Dark Path Home. Having heard of The Newfound Interest in Connecticut through a friend, I approached the album expecting something emotional and treacherous, yet enlightening... as though the album was to serve as an audial equivalent to Life of Pi or something. I was wrong.

Suffice to say, the album left me feeling stranded, amidst the barren landscape the song titles describe too accurately. A crucial factor with this album is the level of restraint TNIIC uses, complemented by moments of unhindered catharsis. Amidst everything, the vocalist remains calm, though never quite soothing. No, TNIIC does very little to comfort you during your journey. Matt King serves as your Charon-of-the-arctic, offering little more than pity and mutual despair.

While TMATLDPH excels at gradual, dreary post-rock ambience, there are moments that break through the calmness and make the album as dynamic as possible without compromising the overall effect as intended. "Okay, You Can Be Tigers But No Crashing" is a standout track, as it builds up a stunning climax mid-song, only to be pulled into a false sense of security before delivering another barrage which is summarized perfectly by the vocalist's panting at the end. I am applying the term 'standout track' quite liberally here, as it would be blasphemy to enjoy the album in any way other than a complete experience, start-to-finish. The aforementioned despair becomes apparent during the closing track "The Arctic Circle":

Running. As fast as I can
Straight-line to a point on the horizon
Tried to simplify a complicated thing
Instead we end with pieces to walls that never meet

If I were to compare my experience listening to this final track to a movie ending, Requiem For a Dream comes readily to mind. When Harry Goldfarb was left hopelessly alone in a hospital bed with an amputated arm, I felt as though I had been cheated out of a positive experience, as I was left with nothing but bleak resentment. It was only after weeks of afterthought that I began to appreciate the fact the movie had actually made me feel something. This album also made me feel something, and I definitely appreciate that.

The Newfound Interest in Connecticut were a post-rock/emo act that most likely went under your radar. The Toronto band only has one full-length album to their name, and have since dived into the pits of obscurity. What they have left behind is an album that deserves recognition as a truly splendid emo album that utilizes post-rock elements in a sorrowful fashion, leaving the listener feeling desolate.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
zaruyache
July 15th 2014


24501 Comments


Sounds cool. Have an pos.

Digging: Avast - Mother Culture

Jots
Staff Reviewer
July 15th 2014


7394 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thx. pretty sweet band that came and went too quickly

Jots
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2015


7394 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yeesh, this review

Spacesh1p
December 8th 2015


7717 Comments


This is so good.

Spacesh1p
December 11th 2015


7717 Comments


Needs more love.

Conmaniac
February 8th 2016


26489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn how have i never heard of these guys...really good stuff

Spacesh1p
February 8th 2016


7717 Comments


Love this album, atmosphere is too good

Conmaniac
February 9th 2016


26489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

honestly. this is def gonna be a 4 or a 4.5. gotta listen to it a couple more times though



Spacesh1p
March 4th 2016


7717 Comments


What'd you settle on, ConDawg? Gotta jam this again myself.

Conmaniac
March 4th 2016


26489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

need to listen again havent done so in awhile. prob a 4 tho

Sinternet
March 4th 2016


24382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wow I just found this yesterday good bump

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Spacesh1p
March 4th 2016


7717 Comments


Someone bumped it in a list back in December, really happy I checked.

Conmaniac
March 4th 2016


26489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah its a gem

elliootsmeuth
September 12th 2016


4008 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Half way through on my first listen and I am REALLY digging this. Easily a 4 on first listen. Could bump to 4.5 on repeated listens. Was thinking about reviewing it, but with a great staff review already in place, I'll wait for another album. But yeah, this is real good. Surprised I just came across it.

Jots
Staff Reviewer
September 12th 2016


7394 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

was i think my second or third review, so def not a "staff review" per se, but thx. could use more love tho and a fresh perspective, so feel free to give it some juice

Lord(e)Po)))ts
September 12th 2016


67115 Comments


That band name

Jots
Staff Reviewer
September 12th 2016


7394 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

on par with some random one-album canadian band from the early 00s

elliootsmeuth
September 12th 2016


4008 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Eh, if it clicks well enough, I may get around to it.

altertide0
September 12th 2016


3026 Comments


excellent album

Conmaniac
September 13th 2016


26489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice bump fam, great album



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