Whirr
Sway


3.5
great

Review

by Tristan Jones EMERITUS
September 25th, 2014 | 203 replies


Release Date: 09/23/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Tossing and turning.

It’s surprising how little credit is given to album titles. Maybe it’s fitting, as though the music should speak for itself and the album title is just an obligatory jumble of words slapped on the cover as an afterthought. However, it often adds another dimension to how you can interpret the overall structure of the album, be it lyrical or strictly musical or whatever. All of this is basically a set-up for how suitable Sway is as a heading for Whirr’s latest release. You could envision the motion of moving back and forth in a dimly lit room in the embrace of a loved one, or the unsightly movement of someone at the end of a noose. The title's so vague it should barely warrant a second thought. Is this completely irrelevant" Say what you will, but it coincides perfectly with Whirr’s approach on Sway.

Whirr’s sound is dreamlike, and can be fleeting indeed, leaving mixed feelings and persistent afterthoughts. Here’s a personal comparison for your pleasure: I have a tendency to overanalyze my dreams, and pick at irrelevant little details that shouldn’t even be acknowledged in the first place. I’m all too aware of this, but these thoughts still persist. Amidst the hazy, sedated ambience there are little nuances that poke and pry, leaving the grand picture stifled. For those of you who have a difficult time remembering what actually happened in your dream, but remember the logo on the fucking hat some guy was wearing - or some equally pointless object - you’ll understand what I’m getting at.

Equating Whirr’s overall sound with a lucid dream is a given, and not dissimilar to just about any shoegazey band you’ve heard, but that’s not the end of it. Sway is easily the gloomiest album in the Whirr discography, but has its share of hard hitting moments. "Press" is the highest energy track on the album, and is an odd choice for an album opener. The following tracks tend to ride in its wake, drifting in and out of consciousness amidst the tempest. An unsettling tone develops, and permeates long after the album is over, while encroaching on the imprint of the actual album itself - speaking in terms of actual structure… I’ll elaborate. After listening to Sway multiple times, I am still unsure, retrospectively, what the hell I actually heard. It’s the kind of album you are aware of while experiencing it - like a dream (an analogy so brilliant I had to repeat it) - but becomes obscured afterwards.

Unlike their previous release, Pipe Dreams, the after-effect is dreary. Sway is devoid of female vocals, which affects the sound tremendously. Where Pipe Dreams was occasionally angelic, so that the listener felt comfort amidst the chaos, Sway has a tone that wanders with uncertainty and discomfort. The instrumentals are intense, but are slowed in a manner akin to jogging through waist-deep water. “Clear” exemplifies this. All of the elements are filtered through a slogging trance, and the lyrics display an urge to make sense of everything to no avail. That’s what it all boils down to. Sway will never truly satisfy you, and that's okay. As you repeatedly listen, searching for some form of clarity, you will inevitably come up empty handed. It’s punishing, frustrating, yet ultimately euphoric. It’s worth losing a bit of sleep over.



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JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
September 25th 2014


6681 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

http://graveface.bandcamp.com/album/whirr-sway

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
September 25th 2014


6681 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nah man it's dece

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
September 25th 2014


6681 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I actually dig some of the slower songs, turn the volume up real high and mmmm

SeaAnemone
September 25th 2014


21407 Comments


any thoughts on this relative to Nothing?

NorthernSkylark
September 25th 2014


9130 Comments


the songs i've heard were boring yeah, will give it a shot tomorrow tho

Digging: Avey Tare - Cows On Hourglass Pond

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
September 25th 2014


6681 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I didn't really wanna name drop Nothing in the review but odds are if you like GOE then you'll enjoy some of this

bach
September 25th 2014


16178 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

press is fucking incredible

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
September 25th 2014


6681 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah that opening track.... brb gotta edit that in, it is pretty sweet and worth a mention ye

ExplosiveOranges
September 25th 2014


4408 Comments


Johnny has now officially become thelastsignal. Also, Futures is right: Guilty of Everything is amazing.

scottpilgrim10
September 25th 2014


4750 Comments


Great review, especially the comparison in the second paragraph.
This doesn't really sound like something I would dig though.

zaruyache
September 25th 2014


20540 Comments


http://tinyurl.com/k9y4p3s

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
September 25th 2014


6681 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pfft no one wants to copy-paste, gtfo

zaruyache
September 25th 2014


20540 Comments


if you were using Chrome like a normal person you could just click it until it highlights, then right-click and hit "goto link."

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
September 25th 2014


6681 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm on my phone because my power is out lmao. But yeah their blog/Facebook is always hilarious

Taxt
September 25th 2014


1275 Comments


Not sure how I feel about this yet. One thing's for sure, the lack of female vox is a bummer.

YakNips
September 25th 2014


19598 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is really good

YakNips
September 25th 2014


19598 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

guys this is so good

Rhyme
September 25th 2014


1405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

welp better scrap my review for this



good review anyway man. i can see why a lot of people don't like this as much as i do but i can listen past its flaws and enjoy it anyway. heavy is still my song of the year so far.

YakNips
September 25th 2014


19598 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

title track is amazeee

Rhyme
September 25th 2014


1405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

whole thing is amaze tbh. dont think much is gonna top this for me this year



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