Ceres
Selfish Prick


4.0
excellent

Review

by keza USER (20 Reviews)
January 31st, 2019 | 5 replies


Release Date: 11/01/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Count ‘em out for me, past mistakes oh, one, two, three

An unsung three-originals-and-a-remix effort from little-known Melbourne band Ceres, “Selfish Prick” is a powerful presentation of rage and nostalgia. Its despondent, personal album cover pairs perfectly with the brief musical event it accompanies.

The EP kicks off with the eponymous opening track, which sounds like it could have fit snugly onto the band’s debut LP. The understated instrumental on here couples well with Tom Lanyon’s gentle admissions (“I’ll push the good away”), which layer pleasantly behind the track’s final chorus. Vocal blemishes and musical imperfections remain here and for the remainder of the EP, enhancing the group’s songwriting with a passionate edge. The centerpiece of this EP is the group’s single most pissed-off track to date, “Woodwork”. Howling feedback opens to a classic lo-fi emo instrumental, stripped near-bare to make room for an incredible vocal performance. Lanyon’s thoroughly awe-inspiring pitched screams pierce throughout the song’s brief runtime. The pleasant yet emotionally potent cooldown of “Collarbone” is certainly welcome, with nostalgic plucky banjo leading lavish instrumentation, all rolling beneath Lanyon’s passionately imperfect voice. This song also contains maybe Ceres’ most special lyrical passage:

“Shifting palms on a park bench,
Believing things you never meant
And I’m feeling older, and I’m feeling new
Bright red freckled shoulders, it was always me and you.”

Though the three originals here are impeccable, I can’t say I enjoy the remix of “Three Times”, curiously renamed here to “Will You Feel It When I Leave You"”. Though it does cut some unnecessary length from the original, the obnoxious vocal sampling and lazy rearrangement thoroughly spoil it for me. However, despite this blemish “Selfish Prick” is a beautiful hidden musical moment, released by this underrated act the same year as an incredible debut LP.



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keza
February 1st 2019


203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bit late but this is likely the last of my Ceres review series until a new release, this one is thoroughly worth a listen as is anything by this act.

Anyone got suggestions for another underrated band I should be giving attention to?

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
March 10th 2019


8876 Comments


Nice little piece, more of a sound-off than a review but it fits the bill.

If you like emo-leaning stuff, check The Natural 20s from this year. You might hate it/dislike it, which I thought I would myself, but it may somehow ingratiate itself with ya. Ya never know.

Digging: Ni - Pantophobie

keza
March 11th 2019


203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey thanks! Yeah I wanted this thing to have a proper piece written about it, but I didn't want to bloat my writing to the point of babbling...it is almost a sound off though oops



I'll have to give it a go tonight, I'm heavy into my emo-leaning shit so I'll prob love it

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2019


8876 Comments


Worth a shot if nothing else! Keep at the writing for sure, sorry if you were one of the people getting bumped off earlier.

keza
March 12th 2019


203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I gave their newest project a listen and gotta say it's pretty great. Was shocked at how low the stream numbers were on Spotify for them, they sound like they should be huge. Crazy vocals on there at times too. Any other similar recco's? (also you should try this EP it's pretty solid)



Nah I didn't get bumped off recently - did happen with this review ages ago but that was mainly cos the site glitched and a bunch of people's reviews got dumped on the front page at once. All g though, thanks man!



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