Lentic Waters
Bird


1.5
very poor

Review

by MarsKid CONTRIBUTOR (40 Reviews)
March 29th, 2019 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Embracing change is great, but it doesn't always pan out.

The art of reviewing art can rely a fair bit on conventional phrases. For the silver screen, buzzwords center around relatability and level of social impact—throw in superhero fatigue to really cover the Jeopardy board—and for the realm of records, a reigning concept continues to be a simple line: ‘bands change’. It’s a simple enough observation, yet it is repeated continuously as if still misunderstood. Lentic Waters was last heard in the seemingly distant year of 2015, their presence announced immediately in the raw scream punctuating The Path’s album opener “Absent.” Vocal chords were drowned in a distant cavern, dissonant strings immersing the listener in a dense coalescence of foreboding storm clouds, percussion conducting lightning upon charred ground. This brand of emo, coupled alongside influences from the hardcore and post-metal spheres, brought down a gauntlet of unbridled emotion and aggression wrapped together in a brief duration. Existence now endures in 2019, however, and civilization has since witnessed the Patriots win another Superbowl, another Marvel movie grossing millions, and some political conspiracy somewhere. So maybe things haven’t distorted to such an incredible degree, but the point is that time has passed and circumstances tend to evolve in response. A relatively undeveloped set from Germany cannot be characterized forever as their even younger selves; change is an expected conclusion from whatever music is crafted. Judging by the virtual absence of harsh demonstrations off of anticipated third disc Bird, the times have definitely a-changed for Lentic Waters, and it’s hard to determine if this is better or worse than Duke once again surviving in March Madness.

Parallels immediately appear to connect the overall presentation here to another album noted for its dramatic tonal shift and similarly divisive quality. Pianos Become the Teeth surgically removed rough edges from their identity in the adored and simultaneously despised Wait For Love, the positives and the negatives all concerning the same aspects: polished timbres over punitive severity, and atmosphere above overt raids. What emerges from the 14-track LP designed by Lentic Waters is identical in this regard; production quality is scrubbed clean of remaining mire from The Path, while rugged melodic passages find themselves reaching for plainer tones, sacrificing potential power for ambiance and delicacy. The concept here is not automatically to deconstruct the typical sonic output exhibited prior, instead venturing to enhance its subtler physiognomies to deliver a graceful experience to whoever lends an ear. Perhaps the only scream heard throughout the duration of the release comes from the listener’s personal frustration, because as enticing as that aforementioned description appearss, such is not the final result of Bird. For all intents and purposes, any emo aspects have been expunged as if it were a disease—not a single trace can be found. The replacement occupies a spectrum so seemingly empty that one could swear it was designed as an antithesis to everything Lentic Waters once stood for. Incredible restraint drives the record to such an extent that nothing engaging is allowed to advance, with one unfortunate exception.

There’s no point in sugarcoating: the vocal performance delivered on Bird borders on horrendous. Perhaps this was a recording studio mishap—the band mistook a wandering narcoleptic’s mumblings as artistic brilliance—and any quality that this album may possess is damaged as a direct consequence. Tonality is a coin flip here, where sometimes the right note is hit and sometimes it might be something quite different, and the general methodology holds an unbelievably amateurish value; phrases are poorly supported, their enunciation scratchy and close to faltering. To be honest furthermore, however, factoring out these aimless ramblings indeed reveals an instrumental section entirely deficient in intrigue. No riffs capture audience attention due to their basic structuring, causing songs to blend together as if never having been individual songs to begin with, and the rhythm section could have been programmed since it exhibits personality akin to a discounted MacBook. When Lentic Waters does manage to somehow capture a striking moment, it’s not based on merit—consider that random synth that enters “Fragile as Granite” like an uninvited party guest that won’t leave, the keys’ distinctive sound clashing against the atmosphere of the track. It therefore seems apparent that it takes nine tracks for Bird to be recognized as an engaging piece of work and it’s only felt at its expense, whereas The Path imprinted its shadowy charms on listeners instantly. If this was the desired change the band felt was necessary to summarize their evolution, then such is naturally their right and they should feel compelled to shift as they see fit. Of course, from the perspective of an outside appreciator looking in, what lies here is so vapid that new music may not have been released to begin with.



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MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
March 29th 2019


8940 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

This album made me feel dead inside so I guess it's still emo in that regard.



Listen/judge for yourself: https://icorruptrecords.bandcamp.com/album/bird?fbclid=IwAR3VDhSZv3FjHd38XgdJ2DzJgURfM4IicbIsP0FSuWCRDfMIMhkIKEj-WTY



Comments, criticism, discussion over what type of coffee is the most optimal choice for when you wake up at 5am for no reason all welcome.

9Hammer
March 29th 2019


124 Comments


Great write-up Marskid. Now I'm conflicted if I should check this out or not just out of curiosity, lol.

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
March 29th 2019


8940 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Well I always encourage people to make up their own minds.



If I'm being honest, it's worth listening so you can understand my feelings on this vocal performance.

Papa Universe
March 29th 2019


20555 Comments


no coffee, just cacao
lentic waters - POSd

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MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
March 29th 2019


8940 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Appreciate the stop, Pops. Would like to see what you think!

Papa Universe
March 29th 2019


20555 Comments


i wouldn't

0xME
March 29th 2019


397 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

so they finally released it, huh

I saw them back in November with Locktender and almost walked out, their set was so bad.

Great review dude

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MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
March 29th 2019


8940 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Thank you for the compliment, greatly appreciate it!



And yeah I found these guys through Locktender actually. Hard to believe these guys released Path. And now it's infecting live performances? Yikes.

SheWatchedTheSky
March 29th 2019


15 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

"I saw them back in November with Locktender and almost walked out, their set was so bad."



Same and it is a shame, because i enjoyed their previous stuff

0xME
March 29th 2019


397 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

"And yeah I found these guys through Locktender actually."

Same haha

I'm sure they would be fine if they played some older stuff, but at this particular show they only played this album

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
March 29th 2019


8940 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

I can tell from your rating that we probably agree on the quality of the vocal performance here

TheLongShot
March 29th 2019


748 Comments


This looks hideous, strong write-up my man

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
March 29th 2019


15155 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This ain't too bad so far tbh, like that album cover a lot

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
March 29th 2019


15155 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good stuff from 2019? Check Copeland

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
March 29th 2019


8940 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

I think I tried an album of theirs before and wasn't amazed. The new one any different?



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