Snarls
Burst


4.0
excellent

Review

by tyman128 USER (45 Reviews)
April 16th, 2020 | 14 replies


Release Date: 03/06/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Floating through an indie dream.

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” Much like the album art brandishes, Burst is an airy landscape embellished with a glittery, dreamy atmosphere. Snarls’ combination of the upfrontness of indie rock and the atmospheric fullness of dream pop culminates into a fluid, cohesive aura of dreaminess and ethereal ambience enveloping the influence of rock throughout the record.

With a warm presence of reverb and delay, the guitar-work often floats across the landscape, encompassing each individual track in a lulling embrace. Opening the album up with a more indie rock centric rhythm and timbre in “Walk in the Woods,” the strings slowly progress into a vibrant character of airiness and fullness in the final climax of “Burst.” The subtle, underlying intricacies of the guitars magnify the already dreamy ambience, injecting beautiful melodies in the background in tracks like “Falling.” This layering of a multitude of effects and supporting harmonies, both lively and sorrowful, coalesce into a magnificent product of beauty, melancholy, and delicacy. Tying the guitars together, the bass, encapsulated by airy effects, complements the melodies and adds to the atmosphere by building upon the foundation of the landscape. Although generally used ambient support, the occasional basslines of tracks like “Concrete” create a rounded, harmonious chemistry between the stringed instruments. Abstaining from complexity and technicality, the drums throughout Burst only work towards one thing: maintaining the album’s lofty mood. With its simplicity and driving-nature, the drums pave a pathway through the record’s atmosphere, guiding the listener through its expansive landscape. With the occasional upbeat progressions as exemplified through “What’s It Take,” the drums combine a variety of tempos and grooves to mold each track to fit cohesively through the album.

Ultimately, the vocals and their melodies are what truly evoke the sense of dreamy atmosphere of Burst. Soaring above the instrumentation, the vocal melodies glide across each track’s airy ambience in a rather flamboyant manner. Contained within the first two tracks of the record, the vocals impose a rather sharp presence, maintaining a dominant position within the album’s opening songs. However, the vocals, much like the instrumentation, begins to drift off into another landscape, blossoming into a subdued nature that refrains from being dominant, but rather choosing to float over the dreamy atmosphere forged by the musicianship. The gradually descending melodies of “All of This Will End” exemplify the airy progression of the vocals, ultimately culminating into the final track’s croons of goodbye.

Resemblant to that of a dream, Burst’s cohesion often works against itself. Through repeated listens, the tracks begin to bleed together, enhancing the atmosphere but decreasing the replayability. Moreover, much like waking up from an abstract dream, only a few key moments maintain an impression in your memory. However, despite the album’s forgetability, the ambience and presence of Snarls’ first full-length is truly remarkable and genuinely beautiful. The culmination of each track’s individual effort and chemistry amalgamate into an experience well worth listening to.




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tyman128
April 16th 2020


2048 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This was a fun one to review (I was nominated to review this from dmathias' 2020 album review list)! I was genuinely surprised by how much I enjoyed this album, didn't think I was going to get into the style at all.

Favorite tracks are the final three songs, such a good final stretch

SteakByrnes
April 16th 2020


19442 Comments


Nice review man! Might be checking this out, sounds pretty interesting

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tyman128
April 16th 2020


2048 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks man! definitely give it a shot, it's worth checking out for sure

SowingSeason
Moderator
April 16th 2020


34910 Comments


This sounds like 100% my thing

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tyman128
April 16th 2020


2048 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

definitely Sowing, I was actually gonna send you a shout box telling you about this record! Hits right up your alley for sure

Atari
Staff Reviewer
April 16th 2020


25797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yay!



Nice review

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SowingSeason
Moderator
April 17th 2020


34910 Comments


Pretty pleasant upon first inspection. Nothing made me want to come back either, though.

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
April 17th 2020


19453 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It fell off for me on closer inspection but it's a fun time nevertheless

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
April 17th 2020


20182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Your writing is getting significantly better dude, keep at it!



Sweet album.

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tyman128
April 17th 2020


2048 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Dewi, Atari: thanks guys!

@Sowing: fair enough, I personally dug it after going through it again, a lot more stood out the second time through for sure

@neek: Yea, this will probably go down over time because, like I mentioned, it does kind of loses its replayability at a certain point, but it's definitely fun to go through for sure

SowingSeason
Moderator
April 17th 2020


34910 Comments


"Your writing is getting significantly better dude, keep at it!"
Also going to echo this.

tyman128
April 17th 2020


2048 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks Sowing, that means a lot!

SteakByrnes
April 17th 2020


19442 Comments


ty for contrib

bloodshy
April 17th 2020


1108 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good one



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