Another Heaven
I: You Are Loved


3.5
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Review

by former sputnik's home post-punk maester USER (120 Reviews)
November 23rd, 2017 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Drowned in mud, salvaged by light.

There have been many genre collisions in the world of music. For this instance, however, let’s focus on the ones involving an inconspicuous little endeavour called Shoegaze. It has been fused with Emo and forged a glossy musical escapade, with Black Metal a crushing emotional odyssey and with Post-Rock a dreamlike fantasia. And now it is about time to explore depths previously unreached. I: You Are Loved tackles the likes of Sludge, Post-Metal and Dream Pop, paradoxically-incorrelatably enough.

It isn’t that easy to describe this album using only a few highlights, because pretty much every song and every song’s passage steers in a different direction, whilst still maintaining its echoic Shoegaze haziness. The openers “Starfall” and “Daylight” blast through with that good old muddy Sludge and Hard Rock outbursts, where only the production and the vaguely intelligible vocals calm down the emotional weight; further exploring the depths of near-Space Rock musical depths with “Dead Star/Dr. Mars”, which is layered with some truly beautiful piano mood-setters; and eventually going through some more or less Post-Rock/Metal-ish shifts on later cuts like “Uboa’s Fourth Dream”.

Now, all of this, what with its genre mixing and ever-changing instrumentation, does sound good on paper, but the album just too often feels somewhat disorganised. Only the foggy Shoegaze production keeps the album’s flow potent. I was quite sceptical going in, seeing how all the tags related to the album were quite all over the place stylistically and were rarely intersected (Sludge Pop" How’s that gonna sound"). And now that I have it over it does sound like the band simply wanted to dig into every hole, leaving the overall experience pretty directionless. Then again, the dreamy production does its magic and helps the album become more cohesive.

Also, the vocals are simply disjointing. You could be listening to the most overwhelming piece of endearing beauty (that is “Capsule Song”) and be simultaneously slapped in the face with off-beat, out-of-place vocals that don’t match or enrich the experience. Thankfully, they are not that prevalent.

In spite of all of that, You Are Loved is a featherweight journey through all the weight of the world’s struggles. There is a cosmic beauty captured by the tether of earthly strains. There is a magnetic energy unloosened from brood, but rather ruminating on dimmer topics. There is enjoyment to be had and nits to be picked. There is simplicity behind all the walls of experimentation. And there is triumph behind the mask of sorrow.



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Papa Universe
November 23rd 2017


20560 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Uni's review roll 16/50.





16th viable review. Still struggling to sound positive about things I like.





Also, dedicated to teamster.

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butcherboy
November 23rd 2017


9464 Comments


conclusion is all gold, babey.. have yourself a pos deep from the bottom of my bottom..

Papa Universe
November 23rd 2017


20560 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I dream that one day I will not need pos/neg system anymore.

butcherboy
November 23rd 2017


9464 Comments


you don't need it now, Uni.. be your own man, fly with the wind, ride with the wave, run with the racoons..

Papa Universe
November 23rd 2017


20560 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

COMMENT POS

BallsToTheWall
November 23rd 2017


49570 Comments


Interesting.

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teamster
November 23rd 2017


4054 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks for reviewing this UU. You did the album justice and got it out to Sput Park. I find this album so unbelievably original and exciting.

Papa Universe
November 24th 2017


20560 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really wanted to like it more, but it's just too breathy and tremulous for my taste.

sixdegrees
November 24th 2017


5833 Comments


was considering checking this in the time it took to get to the 3rd sentence

Papa Universe
November 24th 2017


20560 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ha.

sixdegrees
November 24th 2017


5833 Comments


stopped there but i'll pos this one

Papa Universe
November 24th 2017


20560 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ah.

BallsToTheWall
November 24th 2017


49570 Comments


Yeah. Songwriting gets a bit monotonous but they have good ideas.

coldheaven
February 21st 2018


4639 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

b ump

teamster
April 12th 2018


4054 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Driving around the city today “Tourniquet” played on the shuffle. It’s been a while. Fantastic sound, I do love this album.

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
November 21st 2018


16110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album is sounding good again around this time of the year



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