Minuano
Not Enough


3.5
great

Review

by clavier STAFF
February 24th, 2020 | 11 replies


Release Date: 02/15/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: a life of fleeting moments of sufficiency

Not Enough’s agitation is immediately apparent, a constant rumination that finds itself being expressed through the signature syncopations and fleeting, ever-shifting rhythms of math rock. The neuroticism on display here is rather pretty, even as it bears the weight of guilt and self-loathing — major-7th chords deftly weaving their way through dense waters, that usual math-y emo shimmer muted by dark blues and a sense of gnawing unease. On one hand, the album seems to draw from the personal experiences of guitarist/vocalist Alex De Los Santos, who underwent a car accident during the process of creating Not Enough; on the other hand, it’s also a poignant case study into that crushing mixture of listlessness and restlessness which often accompanies depressive states.

It’s not that Minuano were ever a cheery band; their previous release, the EP II, was filled with taut grooves and cool glances, but Not Enough fully drops the front and sees the band transitioning from calculated detachment to genuine distress. There’s a narrative arc in the album that begins at the peak of a breakdown (as implied by opener “The Wave Crests”); in the first half of Not Enough, nervous energy characterizes the rapid, dance-like passages in “Atelophobia” and the jerky chants of “just can’t seem to shake these voices in my head” in “Voices”. “Linger”, through moments of atmospheric drift and falsetto backing vocals, is blunt about compulsive thinking and self-harm: “Was it the dropping of the glass / Or the blood on the floor [...] Don't stop to think / Or you'll over think”; it’s effectively pillowy dreaminess as dissociation.

“The Wave Break” retrospectively reveals a jump-starting moment in the narrative: “I write to get well / Until another car crash / Kick through windshield / Then write to get back home”. The song’s slow, percussion-less build-up reminds me of early Modest Mouse, actually — think “Medication”: a wistful, bittersweet warmth that conveys the uneasy co-existence of perseverance and numbness. As “The Wave Break” breaks out into a gallop, that restless energy has been converted into a bit of motivation, the song ending with guarded optimism: “So I'm asking why do we wait for a light for some summer change / So I'll look inside for a change to try and redefine this mental ache”. It’s representative of the tonal shift that takes place in the closer — that bending of light which subtly re-characterizes, re-asserts the other side of the coin.




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Comments:Add a Comment 
clavier
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2020


1106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

just a quick one to try to get back into the swing of things

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2020


15270 Comments


I enjoyed reading this but I feel like there's a paragraph missing? I feel this hits more of a "play by play" write up, rather than a "this is good because..."

I mean tell me I'm wrong, but it's good to see some Claire work back on the front page.

dbizzles
February 24th 2020


14901 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review. Going to jam. Really like the cover.

Slex
February 24th 2020


12304 Comments


Mmm this sounds right up my alley

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MiloRuggles
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2020


1587 Comments


Yes, Claire's back on the horse! Good read, love that cover art.

dbizzles
February 24th 2020


14901 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty decent album.

dbizzles
February 24th 2020


14901 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Doubling up.

9Hammer
February 25th 2020


366 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is a pretty alright album all things considered. The last track is definitely sticking with me a bit (The Wave Break).

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
February 25th 2020


26091 Comments


I am just gonna take this space to celebrate Claire's back. m/

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mann28
February 26th 2020


21 Comments


Sounds like it’s worth checking out. I enjoyed the review.

Gyromania
February 26th 2020


33148 Comments


Didn't read the review but very strange summary. "A life of fleeting but sufficient moments" or maybe "sufficiently fleeting" just reads awkwardly the way you have it



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