Bluetile Lounge
Lowercase


5.0
classic

Review

by Chortles USER (15 Reviews)
February 17th, 2017 | 27 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist


There probably could not have been a more apt place in the world for Bluetile Lounge to originate from than Perth, Australia. Distanced and isolated from a burgeoning underground in the states, the group managed to occupy a time and space vastly different from their contemporaries amidst the rush of drawn out, melancholic indie rock in the early to mid ‘90s. On Lowercase, Bluetile Lounge simultaneously play host to and subvert genre tropes of slowcore, swapping structure and form for lengthy, ebb and flow sequences in its dreamlike atmosphere, serving as a quiet entry into a style of music characterized by its rebellion against the buzz of alternative rock.

On a basic level, the music of Lowercase can be defined by tension and release. The songs often open simply, with only a bleary guitar melody accompanied by a plodding drum beat, slowly and haphazardly searching for the next chord. There is a careful aimlessness at play here, the feigned impression of moving nowhere by means of a very subtle build of momentum. The band are in no hurry, leaving plenty of space to revel in Lowercase’s languidness while gradually climbing to moments of sublime emotional release. In lesser hands, this organic tension could easily be spoiled, but Bluetile Lounge avoids this pitfall through their deliberate and judicious pacing. Quiet guitar fluttering litters the background of the early formations in “Ambered”, only to shift to the center stage over the period of several minutes into a shimmering wall of sound with tremendous power; in “GM”, the vocalist croons dispassionately over a sparse soundscape, building a gradual rapport through increased instrumentation and momentum until it comes crashing down in a surprisingly uplifting cadence. It would be underselling it to call it an album of climaxes, as these moments are always actualized within the progression of the entire work, and overpowering as these moments may be, they never steal the focus of the surrounding context.

“The Weight (And the Sea)” always seemed like too perfect of a title for the centerpiece track here; Lowercase truly is an album lost at sea. It drifts formlessly for much of its run-time, almost systematically so, only to eventually find something to bind itself to in moments of realized coherence. It finds itself among something growing into that of a rare size and beauty, wholly organic in its buildup and uncompromisingly cathartic in release. As the last crest breaks and it reemerges from the storm, one is only left to think, “what happened"” as what was once commanding in its might slowly dwindles into obscurity, floating endlessly toward the horizon. And the cycle continues.



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Chortles
February 17th 2017


21184 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

big fave of mine, felt ~inspired~ to give it a quickie to try and do it some justice

Archelirion
February 17th 2017


5561 Comments


Damn, lovely review fella. Really loved the imagery. Pos'd.

Chortles
February 17th 2017


21184 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

many thanks my man, it's usually pretty hard for me to conjure up any sort of imagery in writing but it made sense here

Sinternet
February 17th 2017


16683 Comments


oh damn someone finally reviewed this nice

Mythodea
February 17th 2017


4248 Comments


nice review, pos'd. Sounds like sth I'll be checking out.

Chortles
February 17th 2017


21184 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thx fam. u heard this sinty boy?

demigod!
February 17th 2017


49295 Comments


good rev m8, ill have to check

Chortles
February 17th 2017


21184 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i think ya might just dig it

FullOfSounds
February 17th 2017


15764 Comments


omg
what is this
chortles 5 and those tags. this looks essential

Ryus
February 17th 2017


16132 Comments


this looks terrific omg

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
February 17th 2017


23594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

FUCKING FINALLY THIS HAS A REVIEW. Classic.

Chortles
February 17th 2017


21184 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

sometimes u gotta take matters into your own hands



check it family. FOS this is also a good headphones late night jam ; - )

FullOfSounds
February 17th 2017


15764 Comments


yeah dude i might just do back-to-back with this and Voices

Chortles
February 17th 2017


21184 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

wag

TheSpaceMan
February 17th 2017


11198 Comments


Oh shiit nice review dude

Chortles
February 17th 2017


21184 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it was 4 u

TheSpaceMan
February 17th 2017


11198 Comments


jeez now im obligated to check

Chortles
February 17th 2017


21184 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

look i wasn't going to say it but . . .

ffs
February 17th 2017


5284 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hey coo l this is a good album well done

EliteTaste
February 17th 2017


1067 Comments


would you like constructive criticism?



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